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How do I get started with my dissertation?

Getting started is often the hardest part of the dissertation process. Suddenly without structure, many candidates don't have a clue about how to begin. Some never do!

Getting Ready

Learn to identify yourself as the creative scholar that you are.

Start by getting your bearings. Take inventory.

  • Where are you?
  • Who are you now?
  • Who are you becoming?

So... you need to be clear about who you are and where you are going.  And when you get your bearings, you are ready to begin your Dissertation.  Begin gingerly, putting one foot out in front of the other.

Selecting an Advisor

Unlike many experts, I advise doctoral candidates to make their selection based on matching personal styles rather than trying to find the greatest expert in the field. The advisor-advisee relationship can become as intense as any family relationship. Some advising relationships are more like parent-child relationships; whereas, others are more like a marriage, more cooperative, and are more mutually satisfying. Divorce, of course, is always possible, but costly, both emotionally, and in terms of time and money. So I advise a period of courtship before you make any final commitment about your advisor.


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