Poisons and Dissertations

June 8th is Name Your Poison Day. If your dissertation is dying a slow death, it’s time to name your poison, and eliminate it!… “Name your poison!” is a common refrain among bartenders. In general, folks use this expression, or “pick your poison,” as I’ve always heard it said, to refer to choosing the vices […]

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Katharine Graham and Dissertations

June 16th is Katharine Graham’s birthday. As the publisher who oversaw The Washington Post as it broke the Watergate story, Ms. Graham has some unique insights on mistakes and overcoming them. Do you feel like you’ve made any mistakes on your dissertation journey?… Katharine Graham was the longstanding publisher of The Washington Post who presided over the paper […]

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Tailors and Dissertations

June 4th is Tailors Day. Ready-to-wear, off-the-rack clothes have become so commonplace that you can hardly find a tailor if you need one. But, make no mistake, a good tailor is exactly what’s required to get your dissertation done!… Dissertation students often lament whenever they receive feedback from their committee members. Gone are the days […]

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Astronauts and Dissertations

On June 3, 1965 , Gemini 4 was launched. Astronaut Ed White completed the first American space walk during this mission. And then, he went on to get his doctorate!… Gemini 4 was NASA’s first multi-day space flight. Ed White became the first American to “walk” in space. He was among the first astronauts to be […]

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Rocky Road and Dissertations

June 2nd is National Rocky Road Day. Yum! Rocky Road ice cream on a hot day in June… It’s almost perfect, except for two things. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake with your dissertation… So, what two things keep Rocky Road from being the perfect ice cream? Marshmallows and walnuts! That’s right before […]

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Nail Polish and Dissertations

June 1st is National Nail Polish Day. And, yes, there is a connection to your dissertation, but my 11-year-old daughter can explain far better than I… In honor of National Nail Polish Day, I asked my daughter, Tori, how she polishes her nails. Her response was quite instructive, and not just about nails… “Basically, with nail […]

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Setting the Bar and Dissertations

May 31, 1941 high jumpers finally got the credit they deserve for the height they jumped over the bar, rather than simply clearing the bar. But, don’t expect to get the same treatment for your dissertation!… “You’re setting the bar pretty low.” “Oh, you’re setting the bar too high!” What is this bar, anyway? How […]

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Creativity and Dissertations

May 30th is National Creativity Day, but if you want to finish your dissertation, don’t get too creative. A cookie-cutter dissertation is just what you need!… I see students getting bogged down frequently because they treat their dissertations like they imagine it would be to write a novel. They try to be creative, imaginative, original, unique. They only write […]

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POTUS 35 and Dissertations

May 29th marks the birthday of the 35th President of the United States. Here’re some words of wisdom from John F. Kennedy that you can apply to your dissertation… “We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are […]

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Brisket and Dissertations

May 28th is National Brisket Day. Do you know how to make great brisket? The same way you get you dissertation done… Have you ever had brisket? If you’ve eaten it but never cooked it yourself, you might think it’s a very tender cut of meat. Actually, brisket is a very tough cut of meat. […]

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