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  • Fellow dissertation status folks: I'm working on a survey regarding dissertation research grants and/or other forms of funding. If you have any stories to share, or if you wish Pacifica provided just a bit more information, then please share your story!
  • That's so excellent, Jeanne! Your observations are very helpful: I'm sure a part of me knows my topic as well, and I am simply circumambulating it, looking for an in. I like the idea of perusing past papers to see what speaks most to me and pulling those sections together on one place. Seems like it could be very telling. I look forward to meeting you in November!
  • We will be on campus. Hopefully, there will not have been anything scheduled during your time. (Of course, whether there is or not has no bearing on whether I attend.!!!)
  • Thank you so much Bonnie! I think I will actually be defending during your next residency. My defense is scheduled for Nov. 2nd at 12:45 pm.
    Have I always known what I was going to research . . . ? Well, I didn't know for certain, but my classmates Gabrielle and Jim, reflected back to me in our third year dissertation class that I always did!
    I did always write about my topic on some level. In fact, I spent my first dissertation-writing summer rereading all of my coursework papers and pulling sections of them into my dissertation. That was time very well spent. Of course, those sections have been re-worked a million times but it did help me realize that I have been dancing with this topic since my first quarter my first year. it really is possible!
  • Jeanne, Congratulations! Just starting the process myself--with an intro due next month. Not sure I even have managed to nail down a topic yet...but time marches on. So grateful for you setting the course. Wonderful! Good luck on your defense! Did you know what you wanted to do all along?---or how did your topic manifest itself..and when??? Thanks for any advice you might have....
  • Yes . . . you and Jim and I all saw it . . . and all three of us made it across the country for every single session for all three years: the blessing of the double rainbow . . . It shines for you too!
  • Stating publicly - So awesome Jeanne!! I truly cannot wait to be there - what a day to celebrate. You're a beacon!!!! Done with so much perseverance and grace...truly beautiful process I'm fortunate to have witnessed! Remember that double rainbow on our very first day?!
  • My dissertation is accepted!!!!!!!!! It looks like a defense will be scheduled November 1st or 2nd . . . So, there really is hope! All of this and I did it within the 2 year dissertation clock time frame . . . by the help and support of many and with divine grace.
  • Did you hear the popping of the imaginary cork off the imaginary bottle of imaginary champagne?? Congratulations!!!
  • This morning I finished writing the last section of my conclusion chapter . . . I am finished writing my dissertation! Amazing grace!
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