All tagged PhD

Hard but Good

So, I am in the final stages of this PhD. Editing is the worst. I read a tweet a few weeks back that said, ‘Finishing a PhD is like finishing a group project where your partner made a ton of mistakes at the beginning of the assignment. Except your partner is just you 4 years ago.’ Honestly, this is the truth. As I finish, I keep finding things to fix, change, add, remove. It is a painful process, but it is good. There are times when you just want to quit because it feels like you have already written all of this, but now you need to re-write all of it. But you just keep pressing on.

The Reward for Finishing

I finished a chapter the other day. I am actually cranking through chapters right now. It is pretty amazing seeing how quickly this thesis is coming together. I told Taryn that for the first time in this entire process I actually think I may finish. I have always said I would finish. I always thought it would happen, but I never actually believed it would. However, chapters are getting done and I am sending them off to my supervisor. I am quite excited about how it is all coming together.

Learning to Read

I have said this before, but I am convinced the vast majority of a PhD is learning to read. Yes, yes, I know that to do a PhD you need to know how to read before you get here. However, what I mean is that in doing a PhD you learn how to read someone sympathetically. It is a skill I thought I had, but one I have realized I need to hone more and more each day.

Gathering Together

So, I delivered my seminar paper for the Theology and Ethics seminar at New College yesterday. This is something every PhD student at the college will do. It is a gathering of all the post-graduates as well as the Theology and Ethics faculty.

Learning to Listen

Most of my PhD work consists in reading and then writing down my analysis of what I read. Often I disagree with the people I am reading, yet I still need to represent them accurately. I can't pick and choose the quotes that I work to advance my argument and ignore the context in which those quotes appear. What I am learning over the course of this PhD is that a solid 90% of my writing is just learning to listen carefully.