Post # 1
Ok, that might be a bit dramatic. But seriously…
Writing my thesis is KILLING me!!
Admittedly, I’ve been dragging and I’m taking forever and all that but I just can’t seem to get myself to sit down and finish! I am approaching the deadline for my program and I still can’t get motivated!!
It doesn’t help that every draft I submit to my advisor seems to get sent back with so many corrections I can barely see the white of the paper. Arghhh!
Any other scholar bees in the same boat with a thesis or dissertation that’s dragging on and on?? Anyone way more disciplined than me and have some advice you can share on how to get this thing done?
Any encouragement would be sooooo much appreciated. I am (this) close to giving up! For reals…
Post # 3
oh please dont give up…. i cant even begin to imagine the level of stress & effort involved but you are so close!!!!
remember, your advisor wants you to achieve and is setting the bar really high for you – but he/she knows you can do it
try to take a break for a day or so – zero thesis work if you can and then regroup and attack again
sending hugs and positive vibes!
Post # 4
yeah take a vacation, then come back to it!
I haven’t written mine yet, I’m still a year or so away from that, but I can imagine it will be hard! If you are having writer’s block I’d just take a break for awhile.
Post # 5
Don’t give up! if you take a break you’ll definitely be able to solve it later. I can’t relate–im a non-thesis student but I was totally stuck on this one stress-strain problem for HOURS. Drove me nuts. I gave up. The next day, i was like, “Holy hell that was easy” so I think your brain is just fried!!! Scrambled eggy brain. You need a thesis holiday. One day once in awhile will not kill you!
Post # 6
Oh I know how you’re feeling…well not totally…but my fiance had to write his thesis and that thing took forever! Just try to focus on the end result…being DONE with it. I think every student working on a thesis goes through this though…it’s hard, but that’s why not everyone has a Masters 🙂
Post # 7
Oh I have been there!
It was last summer and in order to get into my PhD program I had to write and defend within 3 months! The worst 3 months of my life!!!!!
I totally know how you are feeling you get to point where you are happy with it and it gets destroyed with corrections and you get to the point where you just don’t care and REALLY NEVER WANT TO LOOK at it EVER again! But unfortunately I am still looking at mine and it has been a year because we are getting it ready for publication! And I can’t believe I chose to do it all over again and bigger with my PhD – ARG!!!!!! A quote that I live by “Grad students aren’t bad people they just made bad life choices!” LOL
All I can say is plug through soon it will be all over with and you!!!!
My thoughts are with you!!!!!
Post # 8
I am in exactly the same boat. I have put my thesis off so much and I just hate working on it. Even though it’s a topic I love, the actual act of sitting down and reading articles or writing drafts is such hell. I get distracted from it so easily. I feel your pain!
I wish I had some great advice to give you – but I am just stuck on mine. My friend did suggest setting up an incentive program. She and her husband made a deal that each day she works on it she gets X amount credited to a spending money account. Then at the end of the week she gets to go out and spend whatever is accumulated. I am going to try that and see how it works for me.
Post # 9
You can do it! I can’t imagine how incredibly daunting that must be. But you can do it – you’ve come so far! (Not that i know you personally, but obviously you must have in order to be doing a disertation at all.)
Post # 10
Thanks so much for all the advice and support. I took your words to heart and left my thesis alone for a while. I decided to take some pics of my wedding rings instead which is SOOOOO much more fun than working on my thesis!
No joke, I printed this thread out and added it to my thesis stuff and have been reading it over and over as encouragement. So, if any bees want to add to it…feel free. 🙂
Anyway, thanks again for the support. I knew I could count on the hive. You are the best!