Dissertations are a pretty big deal in the world of writing. Sure, you have written some long papers before that were a large part of your grade, but a dissertation is on a whole new writing level. You even get an advisor and a committee to help you out when you need it. This is not assigned to you with a date to be returned and there is no reading material to help with it given out. They do not tell you what to write about or even when to hand it in. Most people find all of this very overwhelming. It can feel like a crushing weight but there are ways to make it easier.
Your faculty advisor is there to listen to your ideas, give feedback and work with you to a point. They have been where you are. Use their experience to help you with your own dissertation. He or she is an expert in the field already so they will know which ideas are good and which are not. They will also be able to help you with practical advice like how long it should take given your topic, choosing a topic and how in depth to go on your chosen topic. Use them as much as you can, they have already done this.
There have been many a dissertation left incomplete due to an inability to use time wisely. Do not fall into this trap. Just because there is no time limit, does not mean you should turn it in ten years from now. This is possibly the most important work you will ever complete in college, so it will take time, but use the time you have well. Don’t put off what you could do today indefinitely just because you have an indefinite amount of time.
Don’t think of this as a life-changing dissertation that may determine your entire professional future. Try taking the pressure off by just thinking of it as an assignment like any other. You want to do well as always. It is just a bigger assignment that requires more of your time.
A lot of people freak out at the thought of how big this is for their career in and out of school. They see it as a huge weight to carry and because of that a lot of them choke and never get it done. Just relax and know that thousands of people just like you have completed the same task before you and gone on to be successful. You can too.
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