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Jo

You can do it! Keep going! Light! Tunnel! Go!

e

yes, of course you can. the guilt trip is just your own attempt to sabotage yourself, so don't let you! it's not like you are in this mode all the time, this is a temporary thing, a coupla months at best. don't worry about moomin, no permanent damage will be done and actually, a good role model you will be when he looks back on it. and rook understands, i'm sure? after all, he's been there. so ignore you and just keep on. you will do this. take time out for kvetching, dont' forget, and then just get back to it. go get that bib!

patty

Badger,
Please go read this whole post by Ozma. http://ozma.blogs.com/hah/ I read it yesterday and the whole time I kept thinking of you. Maybe you already read it? I noticed Grace comments on Ozma's blog. And Ozma reads I Blame the Patriarchy.

...I had this brilliant plan. I'm fairly certain only academics will understand this but my plan for avoiding spending too much time on the internet was to WAIT UNTIL I HAD TO PEE REALLY BAD AND THEN check my email.

...If these strategies make no sense to you then perhaps you did not spend your twenties and perhaps a dollop of your thirties getting paid a very low wage which you could almost live on to do absolutely nothing. Oh, except write this thing called a dissertation. Which did not need to be turned in any particular time.

elswhere

My sympathies. If it helps any: I am the *worst* about documenting as I go. And I frequently give pious lectures to students on this very subject! It's embarrassing but true.

Mary

ouch. I feel for you, especially about the Later hurts thing. I know that pain.

Do you know how absolutely fucking fantastic you are going to feel when you get this thing bound and it leaves your hands and into your advisor's? (I'm making all of this up -- I have no idea what happens when you are "done," but I imagine it's something like this and I imagine it's AWESOME!)

Now go on being the litle engine that could cause we know you can!
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e

speaking of which, do you have to defend this thesis, or is it not necessary for the MA there?

i hear in history at UCLA you don't even have to defend for the PhD! sigh.

badgerbag

Thanks guys, that actually helped today... a little pat on the head and waving of pompoms.

e, no we don't defend it, we do a sort of defense-in-the-middle so that it's more like a cycle of criticism and response than a test at the very end that you fail. They can still refuse to accept the written work or make you revise it endlessly.

I guess if that happens to me I'll be graduating in August and it's not the end of the world. We'll see.

e

that won't happen! it's in their interest for you to pass after all! the only time i've heard of people failing is if they refuse to accept advice and then push for a defense (or submission) anyway, even though they've been told they "weren't ready." i even knew one professor who tried this tactic pushing for early tenure--hellOOO? then she cried bias when it was denied. ah well, she's gone now. went somewhere else. she wasn't any good anyway--i actually once rescued a book that she had thrown into the trash, can you imagine? i thought it had fallen off her desk and retrieved it, but she said no, she just didn't want it anymore, a book! just tossed in the wastepaper basket! by a putative philosopher, an academic, i am still aghast!:)

anyway, not to worry, they're not out to get you unawares; they make it hard now so it won't be so hard at the end (any more than it has to be, that is.) you'll be fine.

i'm amazed though, and thought your date WAS in August!! here, for spring graduation, the final ms date is way way early in february sometime. it makes it virtually impossible to actually finish the thing and graduate in the same semester.

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