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  1. Bump still open for people looking! Writing group going small but growing. Summer 2020
  2. I'm starting a Wednesday writing/working group through Summer 2020. Let me know if you're interested.
  3. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Let me know if you find any good online meetups, or want to start one together. Where are you doing language classes through? And which language? Look forward to your updates here!
  4. Submitted last chapter this week! Now onto revisions.... Also will have massive writing goals this summer!
  5. What are these internships and how did you find out about them?
  6. I switched. Need more info to help you as @Modulus said.
  7. How'd that book chapter end up @Adelaide9216? I just smashed SIX HOURS of writing time today (having gotten started with my goal of just 30 minutes) - woohoo! I almost have another chapter written. Goal for this week is to finish that chapter and send it to the team.
  8. Finished grading and submitted another chapter to the team! Woohoo! Celebrated with a nap and my favorite take-out treat! Goal for the rest of this week is at least 30 minutes of writing each day. How's it going @Adelaide9216?
  9. Hi there - just in case you didn't see it - even though the thread topic says "admissions and funding" this has become an all-purpose thread for discussing what's going to be happening at various campuses in the fall, in case that's helpful to anybody -
  10. Hit my goal today! And def needed the low bar. I had 5 hours of back to back Zoom calls! Whew!
  11. My Goals for Today: 30 minutes of revising a second draft of a thesis chapter (don't laugh at the low '30 minute' mark! see the link above!)
  12. Ok I started an asynchronous one right here on GradCafe! Come join - share your goals! Be celebrated!
  13. Post your writing or other working goals here, get camaraderie, and celebrate yours and others' successes! Post whenever (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly) and share in as much or as little detail as you please. I'll "manage" the thread so you'll always have "company"! See my other post about writing tips here: Happy graduate-degree ass-kicking!
  14. Our campus just announced all remote through at least both summer sessions. Talk on the town but nothing confirmed about a hybrid fall term and partial reopening of library via curbside pickup.
  15. @Adelaide9216 Is this still an issue? Was gonna write a response but not if it's all good now
  16. I was gonna write a response to the OP but are they even around?
  17. If it's for a journal, then how is it not formal? I smell the beginnings of spam or phish bait.........
  18. I am in a totally different field but had a somewhat analogous struggle. 1. What worked for me is I began to repeatedly remind the worst holder-upper how long I have been in the program with very specific numbers (X years X months), and why it is unacceptable and embarrassing to not be done with that particular phase when I apply for grants or scholarships or awards or prizes or jobs. It would be especially helpful if you could reference your university's time expectations for a PhD like yours, and norms for your field if you are beyond them. Part of why this was effective is because I did it repeatedly. Almost every meeting I opened up with some variant of "Well, I'm X years and X months into the program and this is really not good so I'm really trying to finish this up..." 2. I also began to express in various socially appropriate ways that I was burnt out on this phase and that I just needed to get it over with and finish, while also openly recognizing and acknowledging to this person the validity of the claim that it had shortcomings and things left outstanding. 3. I also began to express (with excitement, feign it if you have to) ways that those shortcomings could be addressed by me in the future (by re-writing the chapter to include that new data or analysis and turn it into a publishable paper, for example). Because time-norms was an issue in my case, I also confidentially went to the administrators in my department (whom I had good relationships with) under the framework of "wanting to share my progress and update" them. During those conversations, I expressed number 1 above, and my concern based on those norms that I "just need to get this done." I was able to get them on my side, which I felt was a "just in case" but I don't actually know whether they spoke to the holder-upper or not (and I never asked them to, and ultimately didn't have to). Another thing I became better at is academically arguing with the holder-upper. Rather than simply not wanting to do the additional research, or simply wanting to just be done with the thing (both of which were true), I developed academically based arguments for why my current research and data were more than good enough, and beefed up my analysis of that data just a little bit. This equipped me very well when telling the advisor "no" while also asking for their blessing. I showed them through academic arguing that I could stand on my own two brainy feet when defending and championing my data and novel analyses. Totally different field, but hope this helps at least a little. Sorry you're going through this though...
  19. Thank you for asking! Ok, so I made two huge changes. I'll break it down for ya: The first change: I tried different variations on the super short writing sprint things. While some places recommend really hyping it up with a timer and like getting ready for this big "sprint-like" thing where you emphasize just goin nuts and writing as much as you can in a short amount of time as fast as you can... I found that made me too anxious to do regularly. HOWEVER, that kind of getting worked up was helpful for getting me out of the big rut initially. What I ended up doing and have kept doing and have written more in the past two months than I had in like a year... is.... Even though it felt pitiful, and ridiculous, and like I wouldn't be able to get any meaningful work done, and I felt so down on myself that I had to set such a low bar... I simply set a writing goal of 30 minutes on any days/chunks I scheduled this term to do my writing. (So back up, first thing I had to do was schedule times for writing, but I had already done that the past two terms, and was still making slow progress). So the important piece was setting that goal of 30 minutes, because: it is a very palatable amount of time that I can "agree to" during even my most vehement writing-resistant moods; it is very achievable no matter what else is going on that day or in my life in my brain, heart, work, academics, classes, etc.; that achievability made it such that, even if I only did 30 minutes of writing, that was my goal, which meant I hit my goal for the day, and could actually feel good about myself instead of the terrible cycle I had gotten into of not writing "enough" and not feeling good about myself for not writing enough, then feeling worse about myself, which made me less want to write because it was gonna be garbage anyway (insert your own negative self-talk spiral here); the goal was in MINUTES rather than WORDS or PAGES. This really works better for me, because quantity doesn't really matter - I know I have enough data and enough to say about my data that I am going to have a large ass body of work. The stresses I would feel if I set a word-count or page-count goal were feeding into the negative self-talk of not writing "enough" as an amount. Sometimes when I write, I need to or just like to revisit some data, some reference, or find an additional reference, or even revisit data in a whole new way. The writing process is as much about thinking as it is about writing, and by allowing myself to "write" for 30 MINUTES rather than 500 WORDS, I gave myself the permission to engage the whole process rather than just the strictly understood physical act of writing. Some days I don't write very much, but I make a lot of progress, and progress has to be measured in more than just word-count for me right now; Almost every single time, I end up writing for more than 30 minutes, often for MUCH more than 30 minutes (like 6 hours!). So, to put that in TL;DR terms: 30 minutes is palatable 30 minutes is achievable that achievability = higher likelihood of actual achievement = boost in confidence counting in minutes rather than words allows the full creative (and enjoyable) process to unfold you often end up writing for longer than 30 minutes The second change: I started a little asynchronous writing group, meaning we have a shared document with a week-by-week spreadsheet that says your name, your weekly goal, your daily goal (optional), what you accomplished that day, and what is pending/next steps. Every piece is optional to fill out except for the weekly goal. Every two weeks or so we do a live video call to talk about whatever we want to in relation to what we're working on. That means if we want, we can spend time commiserating about how hard it is or what we're stuck on or what we don't like; or we can talk about the content and methods and engage in academic speak of our work; or we can talk about how much and what we've accomplished...... basically whatever each person feels like sharing about the last two weeks in relation to their writings. Some smaller changes: I celebrate the shit out of my accomplishments and successes, in proportion to their significance. I almost always mini celebrate just hitting the little writing goal, maybe with a little food treat, maybe with a nature treat, maybe just telling a friend I achieved it, maybe a TV show, etc. Bigger things like finishing a first draft of a chapter and submitting to an advisor, I took myself out to eat to a fav place, or took the next writing day off, etc. I found a work buddy to work at the same time as - sometimes we work together in person, sometimes we work together virtually. One other thing I'd like to share may or may not be peculiar to me, but I remember reading that book "Just Write!" and it's about how we make all these excuses for not writing when actually all we need to do is... just write! While I loved that book and it contributed to the shift that has led to where I am now, one point I want to make is that one of my "excuses" was that I didn't have enough LONG chunks of time during which to write. Here's the thing: for me, that does actually make a huge difference. This term I have one full day where I don't have any other obligations except to work on my writings (I did this by design), and I LOVE that day. Other days maybe I have two hours, then my work shift starts, and the quality and joyfulness of the writing experience is significantly diminished, and that DID contribute to my negative spiral in the past. The truth is for me it DOES suck to really get going on my writing, then have to stop while I'm at a nice clip... that really does demotivate me and bum me out. So, if you've read that book, and some of your excuses are in that book, yes of course consider them as possibly "just" lame excuses, but also, there may be something to them that is worth not casting out of your consideration completely. Part of this is because of the quarantine, so I am ABLE to make some of these changes. Also a huge part of this is because of my own therapeutic work I've done on my issues; I know and sort of hope it sounds funny, but it's true! I have had major confidence issues for totally justified reasons, and I've done a ton of work on them for a couple years, and I think my academic progress right now is actually in part a culmination of that healing. Gotta feel good enough about yourself to think that your own words are worth writing down... and that's a big shift for me. Also I'm gonna start a Writing Goals thread for people to chime in on any time they want to, because I've learned that I also really love celebrating other people's successes too!
  20. @Paulcg87 posted this in another thread, thought y'all might wanna see it here too: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/us/universities-students-returning-fall-2020/index.html regarding some universities reopening for fall.
  21. Hi all I know it is generally frowned upon once one hits the job market to include anything from undergrad, but what about while we're still in grad school and still years out from job market? CV's have been requested of me for anything from grant applications, internal departmental progress reports, conference stuff, professors sometimes asking to see it, etc., etc. Specifically, I was awarded a research grant and multiple scholarships in my undergrad. How lame is it for me to include those in the "Awards/Honors/Grants" section of my mid-grad-school CV? Thanks!
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