Educational Journey

June 6, 2009

Organization, balance, & horse races

Filed under: Personal challenges,What I learned today! — Cyndy @ 11:45 pm

I learned three things today!

Most doctoral researchers advise that organization is important when writing a dissertation. That seems logical. Today I actually learned some methodology regarding that organization. It’s easy, simply color code papers by topics, subtopics and agree or refute position. Then you can use highlighters to note the important elements.

I also learned that balance is important even while trying to obtain a doctoral degree. School administration may push to get you to the finish line quickly, but most teachers agree that only you know the pace you need to keep and how much you can sacrifice at any one time. One of the Doctors mentioned that in the group of 10 students that he studied with, only 2 were still married at the end of their program. I am not willing to sacrifice my marriage. It’s not worth it.

Lastly, I learned not to get in the way of wedding ditchers that are hell-bent on watching a horse race.


  1. “If i wouldn’t have been for my horse, I wouldn’t have spent that year in college,”

    Comment by Frank — June 10, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

  2. …and the APA citation for that quote?

    Comment by Cyndy — June 10, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

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