Can’t-Miss Tips for Writing a Thesis or Dissertation
Posted on April 24, 2012 by Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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.....Be Good To Yourself
"You probably don't want to go to Steve Perry for fashion advice. But the man behind "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Oh Sherrie" knows what he's talking about when it comes to writing a thesis or dissertation."
It’s a good bet that Steve Perry, former front man of the band Journey, wasn’t thinking of graduate students when he penned the song “Be Good to Yourself.” But he could have been, since much of the song relates to the graduate student experience, including writing a thesis or dissertation.
“Make time for yourself, your friends, and your family,” said Patricia Allen. “Don’t tell them you’re too busy! Exercise often—I do this at least three times a week—and eat your fruits and vegetables every day. Happy and healthy graduate students make for more prolific dissertation and thesis writers.”
Adds Meron Langsner, “Make sure you eat right and exercise. I participated in the Tufts Marathon Challenge, which was great. It also seemed metaphorically appropriate and helped me structure some of my writing and research days.”
Treating yourself well also includes celebrating victories, both big and small.
“Students should take time to celebrate their accomplishments,” said Nicole Flynn. “At every stage of a thesis or dissertation, there’s going to be more work ahead. But if students only focus on this they will always feel like they are behind. Whether a student stayed in front of the computer for hours or sent a chapter draft to his or her professor, these are goals that have been met. Students should mark these occasions, and reward themselves by catching a movie or going out for dinner.”
On missing Steve Perry .. "His intuition. His sensibility. He had a certain panache and style that I clicked with. And there will always be that chemistry that we had. It was the most success that I've ever been associated with." Jon Cain 2011