Saturday, September 10, 2005

Definitely an oncoming train.

I just got one of those e-mails that makes any self-respecting grad student want to curl up in the fetal position. Or run around the house screaming in panic. I haven't decided yet.

In a previous post I detailed my "plan of attack" for turning in my dissertation on time. My advisor said I needed to send a copy of the whole thing to my committee by November 18. So with that in mind, I made a schedule. I felt that the schedule I'd made for myself was just about right... not too tight, but also just stressful enough so that it would keep my feet to the fire. Be calm, I told myself. Be calm. You've got just enough time.

So sitting in my in-box today, innocuously titled "Schedule Update," was an e-mail from my advisor, who had apparently just been reminded by another committee member that November 18 is the deadline for the whole committee to receive the copy, but that my advisor/chair needs to read the whole thing first, just to be sure I should be going forward with the defense. So when is that due?? Two to three weeks EARLIER!


I told her that I'd just have to do my best. Since I've never revised a dissertation before, I have no earthly idea how long it is supposed to take! And frankly, I have never, ever, in the whole entire process of writing this dissertation met any of my self-imposed deadlines. Since this is the first time I'm coming up against an Actual Deadline, I'm a bit freaked out. Just a smidge. There's a first time for everything, right?

I just hate the feeling of sprinting to the finish... I always imagined that I'd leisurely stroll into my defense, feeling rested and ready. I guess the "break" between November 1 and December 15 will give me some time to marshall my forces, but still. I'm just way too old to pull anything akin to an all-nighter. And I do have a full-time job. I've got three classes. 120 students. I'm Department Chair.

Ugh. Enough complaining. Back to the salt mines.


At 8:06 AM, Blogger Stewgad said...

Yet another reminder that this process is about control -- and our lack of it in this process. But, once it is done, you and only you will have control over your academic work from now on.

Hang in there. I'm sure you'll do what you need to do!

At 3:53 PM, Blogger academic coach said...

Three classes and Department Chair? OMG

We're all rootin for you. Remember, it doesn't have to be good - just passable.

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