Monday, November 6, 2017

The 1000 mile journey begins with 1 step

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The Doctor of Education Gown
I am trying to reassure myself that there is no reason to be apprehensive or anxious about the next step that I will be taking in about three weeks. In my program coursework is quarterly, which means that I have one more week until this current quarter is at an end. I have worked diligently in so many things, and now to arrive at the moment when its time to make an original contribution to the world of academia is daunting to me.

I would have this advise for anyone considering taking a similar step:

1) Have a really good reason and a plan to begin and finish a doctoral program. Knowing the program is half the key to success, learning about your topic is the other.
2) Make sure you have the support of your spouse, and supervisor. You will need their support more than you can imagine.
3) Have an idea of what you want to study and start doing research on that topic early.
4) Time is always against you. If you are not good at managing your time, think hard about making a commitment that is fraught with deadlines.
5) Earning your doctorate is a lonely business. Less than 2% of the population in the United States have earned a doctorate, and less than 0.8% of the world's population have earned a doctorate. If you know someone who has gone through the process keep in touch with them! Also, try to meet and connect with those who you meet in your program.
6) If you have thoughts about quitting or if you will not be able to finish, you are in good company. I refer you to #1, and hopefully it will remind you of why you started and renew your resolve.
7) Believe in yourself and remember that the journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.

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