Six weeks to go!

The ‘approval of title’ form is done. I’m due to hand in my thesis on Friday 8th July.  The countdown has begun!

This week, I’ve done some last-minute reading (I’ve definitely spent whole days reading books just to add one quote or sentence from them to my thesis), and, following my supervisor’s approval of my conclusion, started going back through my thesis with a fine-tooth comb.  It’s more time-consuming than the broad-brush approach I had with the last round of edits, but it’s definitely yielding results - I’ve already deleted 170 words from my introduction, and 603 words from my literature review.  It’s going to be alright.

Well, I don’t have time to do any more editing for a few days, because exam marking has landed.  I’ve never had to mark exams before, so it’ll be an experience.  It occurred to me this morning that now my course is totally done, so I won’t be receiving any more communication from my students.  I was a totally uncharismatic teacher, but I did like helping them.

It’s all starting to feel a bit real now, that I’ve nearly completed my thesis, and within three years too!  It really doesn’t seem that long ago that I started, and it’s so weird to think that what was a vague idea nearly four years ago, is now a comprehensive piece of work.  I’m excited, but continue to worry about ‘afterwards’.  I want to work in either publishing, social research, or the third sector - hopefully someone will have me!

A desk with lots of books, folders and notebooks as needed to complete a PhD thesis

Current state of my PhD desk.  Fewer library books than usual as it’s all editing from now on, but a few books I actually own in their place because I’ve run out of other places to put them.  I must admit, I am looking forward to clearing out some of the less interesting autobiographies I’ve accumulated…

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Reader of books, player of board games, lover of cats, editor of web content, haver of PhD.

Colchester, UK