roasting marshmellows in phd hell

What It Feels Like to Be This Close to Submitting Your PhD

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My life and mind are a completely disordered mess right now, so I will leave you with this tiny analogy.

My thesis will be submitted any minute now.  As a result of continuous radio silence from my adviser, I am making some changes on my own before I cram this fucker into a bottle and throw it out to sea, hoping for one of this miraculous stories you hear on the news.  Like my shitty bottle washes up at Bruce Springsteen’s shore house, so he randomly decides to give me 1 million Cashmoneys even though I hate his music.

As I try and fix this complete clusterfuck, I feel that kind of panic you might get a few minutes before you have to leave for an international flight.  You haven’t packed your bags yet,  you have no list of what you need to bring and you’re not 100% sure if you know where your passport or plane ticket is.  So you’re just chucking random stuff into a duffle bag and hoping for the best, but pretty sure you are leaving out what is both obvious and essential.

I’ll update once I’ve boarded the flight.


Written by universityoflies

November 29, 2013 at 21:16

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  1. A couple of weeks ago I turned in a complete draft, which of course is still unread, but at least my advisor vaguely promised I could defend before class starts in January. I feel strangely complacent since I can’t believe it might actually end.


    December 8, 2013 at 07:52

    • awesome, candide! now ride his/her ass to make sure they actually read it. or else just submit it anyway like I did.


      December 10, 2013 at 21:35

      • I had a good reason for not believing it will actually end, since my advisor said today, after of course not reading it yet, that it should be done in March. (And expressing no recollection of the earlier promise) Would you mind elaborating a little on how you bypassed them? I get the sense that my committee wouldn’t touch it without the advisor’s blessing, but I applaud your initiative in trying to take control of this madness. I look forward to your update if you prefer to wait until its resolution to say anything. Best wishes to you.


        December 11, 2013 at 06:14

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