ABD Status = Liability

I speak with ABD students every day, 5 days a week, for the past 22 years.  ABD is the acronym for All But Dissertation. What I’ve learned is that an ABD status is a liability. It’s a liability to you ever completing your degree. There are three big reasons for this: life happens, committees change,

Hope is Evil

Hope is Evil may seem heretical to those who want to install hope in ourselves and in others.  Trained in Clinical psychology, with an emphasis in existential philosophy, the installation of hope was something we gave to clients.   I now think that was wrong.  What I plan to lay out is a more effective way

Almost 50% of all Doctoral Students Don’t Graduate

The Council of Graduate Schools produced a study on the PhD completion and attrition.  The study looked at 49,000 students attending 30 institutions in 54 disciplines comprising 330 programs.  Astonishingly, the completion rate ten years after students begin their doctoral program remains low at 56.6%. What does this mean? Well, first it means that after

Claim Your Ability to Feel Successful, Confident, Loved, and Powerful

It’s a funny thing.  Everyone wants to feel successful, confident, loved, and powerful.  Do you, however, stop and think about when you feel these ways?  Perhaps not.  We’re often so busy being and doing that we may not realize that we have.  For our own self-worth, it’s important to stop and recognize when we’ve reached

Three Quick Thoughts on Learning, Clarity, and Timing

Learning.  What has shaped your professional life?  Was it a success or failure that taught you?  Who has influenced your vision?  I watched a Netflix video last night and was struck with this woman’s strength and vision, even though she made choices that I would not have.  She reminded me that our professional lives and

Put Distractions Aside and Move Forward

The amount of information coming at us is immense and the impulse to get off focus intense.  Thank goodness we have filters, lest our senses would be overwhelmed and we wouldn’t be able to make it down the street.  Just sit at your computer for 15 minutes, and you’ll see yourself clicking around, checking email,

Jump

“A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: as you do the way of life, you will see a great chasm.  Jump.  It is not as wide as you think.”  –Joseph Campbell Happy New Year to you all! The new year is filled with lessons and successes

Aligning Your Problem, Purpose, and Research Questions

Assimilating Our Alien Voices, and Becoming More Whole in the Process

In the movie Inside Out, the voices of emotions are personified. Internal talk and feelings are just part of being human. When I say internal talk, I’m referring to the words we internally recite, who we think we are, as well as the subconscious talk jiggling around our brain. In my dissertation, I worked on

My results were not significant… now what?