Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quick reminder

I got a friendly email today reminding me that there are only 4 weeks left for thesis submission for a May degree conferral. Ha. That goal went out the window. Now I'm just trying to defend by May!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Motivate! Motivate! Motivate!

Well, I finally badgered my adviser enough so that she got a chapter back to me! (Supposedly all three were going to be back yesterday... I still hadn't seen them this morning, but by noon she had at least got one back to me. Will I get the other two today? It's anybody's guess!)

Basically the only comment she wrote was "Why?" Over and over again. Apparently I need to motivate why I'm doing what I'm doing a lot more. She had actually told me this earlier, so I added nice little c.f.'s back to the first two chapters. Apparently that's not the right way to go about it.

I would complain, but I'm just so happy to have some work to do that I think I'll just do that instead.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Still waiting

It's been forever since I updated, and unfortunately it's not because I've been working hard. I did finish chapters 3-5 and sent them to my adviser, so now I'm just playing the waiting game again. I'd like to go ahead and write my sixth and final chapter, but I'd really like to get her feedback on the thoughts I present in 4-5 before I expand on them. In the meantime I should finish revising the first chapter, but have to figure out what my conclusion will be before I can really write a good intro for it.

In other words, I'm blaming my lack of writing on my adviser, and content myself with calling her every other day.

On the bright side, my amazing husband has started reading through what I have and making lots of helpful comments. He's always been able to motivate me more than any professor!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The gift of pestering

I sent my adviser the next two chapters of my dissertation on Monday - whoohoo! Of course I haven't heard anything in response from her, so I called her home phone and cell phone first thing this morning. Of course she didn't answer, but I left a message urging her to read them and get back to me, seeing as I kind of need to graduate in like 4 weeks.

Then I logged on to facebook and discovered that today is her birthday. Whoops. I'm sure seeing my name pop up on caller ID was the way she wanted to start the day! Guess I won't be hearing back from her for another week...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I actually get paid to do this

My only comment is that the folks in the hard sciences get paid more - I'm one of the grad students who brings that average down :)  But who can complain when you get paid to go to school?