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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Three Little Pigs and Dissertations

On May 27, 1933 Walt Disney’s cartoon, Three Little Pigs, was released. Do you ever feel like your big, bad dissertation committee is trying to huff and puff and blow your dissertation down?… Who can forget that big, bad wolf huffing and puffing and blowing those little houses down? I don’t know about you, but I want […]

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Paper Airplanes and Dissertations

May 26th is Paper Airplane Day. Do you remember the feeling of accomplishment the first time you got a paper airplane to fly? Wouldn’t you love to have that same feeling again? You can…by finishing your dissertation!… Paper airplanes. You can make them complicated, and you can make them simple. What really matters is, can they fly? […]

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Wine and Dissertations

May 25th is National Wine Day. So, let’s raise a glass to all the progress you’ve made in your dissertation, even if you think there isn’t any!… The dissertation often takes students 3, 4, 5 years to complete. And, sometimes more! Even the fastest group of dissertation students out there, those in my Fast Track […]

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