started is often the hardest part of the dissertation process. Suddenly without
structure, many candidates don't have a clue about how to begin. Some never do!
identify yourself as the creative scholar that you are.
by getting your bearings. Take inventory.
- Who are
- Who are
you need to be clear about who you are and where you are going. And when
you get your bearings, you are ready to begin your Dissertation. Begin gingerly,
putting one foot out in front of the other.
many experts, I advise doctoral candidates to make their selection based on matching
personal styles rather than trying to find the greatest expert in the field. The
advisor-advisee relationship can become as intense as any family relationship.
Some advising relationships are more like parent-child relationships; whereas,
others are more like a marriage, more cooperative, and are more mutually satisfying.
Divorce, of course, is always possible, but costly, both emotionally, and in terms
of time and money. So I advise a period of courtship before you make any final
commitment about your advisor.
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