A DIVORCE Letter to my Dissertation

The power of digital technology allows one to impact others and make connections in sometimes unexpected ways. My “love letter” to my dissertation struck a chord with many and inspired Doreen Hettich-Atkins to write her own “divorce” letter to her dissertation. The PhD journey is intensely personal, but there are always unspoken common experiences that anyone who has undertaken this process goes through.  Here’s an alternate take on that journey: Dear Dissertation: I wanted to write a letter to you to let you know that I want a divorce.   We spent 3 years together plus another… Read More

A Love Letter to my Dissertation

Dear Dissertation- I wanted to write a letter to you to let you know that I still love you. I feel like we’ve been drifting as of late, and I wanted to reaffirm our commitment. We’ve been courting for a long time. Three years ago, when we started flirting, I didn’t have an idea as to where our relationship would take us. I knew a little bit about you, but it still wasn’t clear. Through learning together and researching each other, however, I feel like we’ve come to a good place. Our… Read More

How I Took 31 Trips, 65 Flights, and Traveled 95,279 Miles in 1 Year

This week marks the 1 year anniversary of my “travel binge.”  When I began this journey, I felt a little lost and depressed. I needed a change of scenery. When I booked a flight to see my old friend Laura in Dallas last year, I didn’t expect it to turn into this.  Being in a new location, however, and spending time with an old friend, did wonders for me! When I returned to Boston, however, many of my same feelings of drifting returned.  So, I booked more flights… and more. In essence… Read More

The Phd/Life Journey: A Beautiful Sense of Tumultuous Calm

I decided to take a departure from my usual blog posts about presentations, social media, and student learning and development to reflect on the journey I’ve been taking for two full years now… that of a PhD student.  For those of us privileged enough to undertake doctoral study full time, it presents an amazing opportunity for self-reflection, self-renewal, and often a time for some self-doubt as well.  I recently had to introduce myself at the start of a class as a “third year PhD student,” which got me to thinking about how… Read More