(Closed) So overwhelmed by grad school…

posted 5 years ago in College
  • poll: Should I finish my thesis, or graduate without it?
    Buckle down for the next two weeks and write it : (22 votes)
    81 %
    Forget it and focus on the wedding and your new job : (5 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Well, do your plans in the future include a PhD? And is the paper in two weeks worth more than the research project you would have to do as a PhD student? Personally, if I was already halfway there, I would suck it up and finish it. Hate it the whole entire time I was doing it, want to be doing wedding stuff instead, but to me, having that done would be worth it. I think it depends on what is most important to you right now, wedding planning or the thesis, and how that affects your future plans. 

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Doing a Master’s thesis is SO hard, I totally understand! You just have to not allow yourself the option to finish it and just buckle down and get it done. It will suck for two weeks, but the thing to keep in mind is that it is only TWO WEEKS of your life – and you’ll be so glad later that you did it. You won’t regret it! Seriously, you’ll be so proud of yourself, I promise!

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Gah, I can see why you are so conflicted.  On one hand you are half way there with your thesis, but on the other hand, why go through all the work and let other things slide if it’s something that you don’t really have to do to graduate.  If you aren’t sure if you will go back for a PhD, I’m inclined to say take the risk of not writing the thesis and just do a research project if you do go back.  I know one of the major requirments that I would have for choosing a masters program would be no thesis.  I hate writing and the idea of spending that much time on a paper does not appeal me in the least.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Because you are already 50% the way there and you have the support, go for it. Without it costing you extra, it sets you up for either a degree if you want it, or possibly giving you an edge over another candidate in a future job. Going further in your education, especially if it costs you nothing except time, is worth it.

    If you work hard, make schedules you can get your teaching curriculum and thesis done. Will it be fun? No. Will it be hard? Yes. But it will be worth it.

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m currently a PhD student, and I did the thesis option in my master’s program. I’d say don’t bother. If you start a PhD later on, you’ll end up doing research projects ahead of your dissertation anyhow. Even if you skip the requirement, you’ll want to do preliminary work to set yourself up for your thesis anyway.

    You can always turn your current paper into a publication rather than a master’s thesis, which is probably more valuable in terms of getting you into a PhD program, without needing to stick to your department’s timeline. Talk to your advisor to see what you need to do to get an article published from your work rather than the thesis — she might even co-author with you.

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @likelimeade:  Most likely, yes, but not as full a lit review as you’d need for your thesis. It depends a little on what exactly you’re writing, what the venue is, etc. Definitely talk to your advisor about where a good place for you to submit might be, or if you have a sense of where you might like to put it, check out other articles to see how they balance literature vs. new work.

    Another alternative might be to try for a conference submission. Often (in my field, at least), you’ll only need to submit an abstract, then if it’s accepted, after you present it, you can write up the paper and publish in the conference proceedings. (Or you can just be happy with listing the presentation on your c.v. and be done with it.) Again, your advisor or another prof will be able to steer you in the right direction.

    Really, in the end, you’ll probably put as much work into it to pubish it as you would to finish your thesis, but the upside is that you don’t have to do it in only two weeks!

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @happypup:  Well looks like you have great advice!

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