The Dissertation Transformation

“Remember that you’re doing this for yourself. It was helpful for me to think of my dissertation in these terms: I’m never going to climb Everest, or run a marathon. But the dissertation is an adventure and a feat of endurance that provides a sense of accomplishment proportional to the struggle that it requires. In that sense, Sir Edmund Hillary’s comment, ‘It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves,’ is an apt description of writing a dissertation. For me, it was a tranformative experience that required me to overcome fears and develop new abilities.”

Renata Kobetts Miller, “Finishing the Dissertation”


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