Lurking on #sadoc? Some Thoughts from Folks who have Taken the Plunge!


When @lynnellison and I started the #sadoc Twitter community (see my Feb 9th blog post about this) we figured that it would attract people who were currently in doctoral classes or involved in the dissertation writing stage.

What we found via our formal chats and tweets that mentioned the #sadoc hashtag was that there are a lot of you out there who are following the discussion because you have an interest in someday (sooner, rather than later?) going back to school to receive a terminal degree.

I asked a few #sadoc friends to give some advice for people just starting this journey and they had no shortage of good thoughts to share!

Rob Engblom: Know what your general area of research interest will be before you start your classwork!

Beth Moriarty: I found success in breaking it down into very small manageable parts and celebrating each milestone along the way. I also posted weekly goals (how many pages to read or write) on FB, if it was public, I had to do it.

Jeff Bukowski: If you are going full time, enjoy it and cherish the time you have to read thoroughly and widely, but if you are working a day job and doing school by night, be prepared for a lot of sacrifice. It is extremely challenging and something somewhere will have to give.

John Buck: Doctoral work is about one word: ENDURANCE.

Brian Treece: I would suggest writing down a “game plan” for each step of the process…. in pencil. Every few weeks, change the plan a bit to reflect changes, progress, setbacks, etc. Post the plan in a place you’ll see it every day. It helps for motivation!

I will be sharing more of their words of wisdom at our next #sadoc chat on Monday, April 18th at 8:00 p.m. (CDT). This chat is especially for those of you who have been accepted into a doctoral program for the fall or are considering applying within the next few years. We will discuss application strategies (i.e creating personal statements), ways to succeed in the classroom as well as preparing for the writing stages. We hope to see you there!

Are you currently in a doctoral program? What words of advice would you give to people just starting this journey?

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About annmarieklotz

I write about all things education, personal & professional development and growth. Once is a question, twice is a discussion and three times is a blog post! Born and raised in Detroit Michigan but currently calling the Pacific Northwest home. I work at Oregon State University and belong to a fantastic community of higher ed professionals around the globe! Lover of theater and the arts. Live your best life!
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