What is this monster called the doctoral dissertation??

So here we are.

Each one of us is here because we made that decision to undertake the PhD. Even though there are numerous times when we wring our hands in despair and ask ourselves “Why are we doing this?”, at the core of the undertaking are four important words “This was MY CHOICE”.

This blog was inspired by my own struggles as a Phd candidate realizing just how inadequate the resources and support is for the Pacific island student undertaking the Phd in the islands.

A decision I made early on in this process was to take responsibility for my choice to do the Phd – by thinking more critically and strategically about what I need to do, to get to where I want to go – graduation! [and beyond]!

As part of collective discussions over the last two years, I have come to the realization that there is a huge gap between the MA and the PhD. And for whatever reason, the assumption that everyone makes is that somehow each one of us will magically transition from a place of questioning and confusion to one where the words just ‘flow’.

It doesn’t happen that way.

We all know it and that is why we find ourselves procrastinating and struggling through what is meant to be the most exciting time of our academic life.

Taking responsibility means reflecting on current practices – and what needs to change – or as a good friend of mine says – strategic thinking.

Over the next few posts I will share my process of finding meaning in the madness, and the power of strategic thinking as experienced by 1pacific daughter.

blessed day!

Advertisements