Post # 1
Any academic ladies out there start feeling pretty ‘bla’h when they became All But Disseration (ABD)? I should be happy because I’m over the hump, but all of a sudden, the wedding’s over, I’m living in isolation, writing up this monster thesis, and I can’t seem to crawl out of the funk. I’m lonely, unmotivated, and so ready to quit. I can’t help but wonder whether my very recent (and totally foreign) bouts of anxiety and sadness stem from having the end in sight, but feeling so far away….
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I’ve ben there. I’m done with it now and gotta say… it feels damn good to get to the other side. Hang in there. You’re totally not alone. Virually everyone I know went through the ABD burnout depression. It doesn’t help that winter is upon us and all that jazz. I highly recommend hitting up a friend and/or checking out he counseling center. It did me wonders and helped to make grad school a thing of the past. It will be worth it! Promise.
Post # 4
I’ve been there and so have many other phd friends of mine. I’m also on the other side now, and it does feel good but I sometime miss the day of having to work towards something, u know? Like the wedding is over and the phd is done, so its like what do I have to do now? Hopefully trying for a baby soon will keep me busy, but until then…
Anyways try to find the motivation within yourself. I just kept saying to myself that the only way to stop feeling that way is to get it done already… The longer you put it off the worse you are going to feel. Its important to still do fun things to enjoy life in between writing. It did take me 8 years but it was worth it. I have an amazing job now that I love! Hang in there. You will finish your phd, and you’ll look back on this time as a good time in your life eventually.
Post # 5
OMG yes so badly. I’m graduating in May and I don’t give a @&*# about writing my dissertation, I just want to be done! This semester is going to suck… I have to teach a class, run my experiment, manage a bunch of undergrads, apply for more jobs, write my dissertation, and wedding planning!! We will be moving out-of-state right away when I graduate but I don’t know where so that’s super stressful. I work every weekend and I don’t even like my research! It’s been a very difficult struggle for me the past few years, I wanted to quit when I got my master’s-in-passing 2 years ago but I stuck with it. Just remember, this too shall pass…
Post # 6
@jules28: I’m not ABD yet (in my fourth year of my program) but I’m already sick of my dissertation. Fifteen revisions of the proposal write-up will do that to you…
Post # 7
I did my Ph.D. in a city where I HATED living in Central CA, so I was super motivated to finish and move. I did my dissertation in about 6 months! What I found helpful was breaking it into chunks and forcing myself to finish a chunk before stopping for the day. For example, in each chapter, I would do a skeleton of headings and subheadings before actually writing. So I would write an entire subheading section at a time. It sounds weird, but I also found listening to classical music on headphones to be super helpful. To this day I can’t get much writing done without the classical music. 🙂
Good luck!! Remember: graduate degrees aren’t necessarily about how much you know; they’re about how much stamina you have.
Post # 8
Same here, I’m in the final semester of writing my thesis and I hate it. Happy with the work but feel so broken down from the past 2 years that I don’t feel like I can function. Not to mention Im on my way to graduate in May and we are looking at buying a house before our lease is up and then i need to find a job which is incredibly stressful. I agree with amyj1276 that’s it all about the stamina and how stubborn you are to push through.