Monday, November 12, 2007

THIS Close to Not Being ABD...

Yesterday I finally completed my dissertation. 
I did the tables, appendices, and even a nice figure that I didn't know if I'd be able to do, as well as fixing the formatting of my reference section and checking the verb tenses in the results section.  So the document is done!  I just have to finish the title and contents pages now, and then check everything to make sure that my formatting is not only APA-compatible but also compatible with grad school requirements, which supercede APA requirements if there is a conflict.
I feel like it turned out quite well and I was able to include things I wanted to, and that things are basically in the order I want them.  Of course I don't think it's perfect, but I don't have that unpleasant "I wish I could have done this or that differently..." that so often accompanies a huge years-long research project.  I was even able to incorporate some new research that came out while I was working on it, most notably a journal article on microaggressions that had a lot of very salient and corresponding material to my study.
Wow, two years ago, I wrote up my diss lit review and proposal in about three weeks, because I had to.  So those of you who only have to do a lit review, um....I don't know what I want to say. Something.  Anyway, my thing was way harder than yours, and I'm glad it's done.
So, title and contents pages, check formatting, then review conventions for sending out the reading copies, then make copies and send them out all over the country, or wherever my dissertation committee are right now.  And schedule a defense, probably with some teleconferencing.  Maybe we can do webcam for my committee member who's in Colorado!
Now, if only I can get the financial aid office to stop harrassing me because they think I graduated or dropped out, darn them.


Anonymous said...

I bet it feels so good to be done with it. Unfortunately, the FA office will most likely never get things right. In fact, they will probably start mixing you up with someone else too, if they haven't already done that. You will start receiving late fee bills for Willie L. Yaebling or something. Just kidding! Everything will work out fine, because you deserve it.

Karen the Californian said...


(What's ABD?)

liz said...

"All But Dissertation" -- a state may PhD candidates find themselves in as they wind up their studies.