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Stress of finishing PhD


User: Hop - 05 December 2020 20:50

Hi. Im near the end of a 3 year funded PhD. Im due to submit at the end of jan 2021, just under 2 months. My supervisors want to see a full draft by next week but I just can't get it done by then. Feel mega stressed. They said "just send it when you have a complete draft and we'll try to mark it in time". Really stressed could do with hearing of some experiences of people who have submitted and been through this. Anyone got advice for a chaotic stressed finish?

User: angerona - 07 December 2020 11:02

Hi Hop,
I was in the same situation as you this September and I have just submitted at the end of November.
My data collection finished later than expected and I started writing and polishing my draft like I was crazy.
It was a terribly stressful time but, after all the freking out, not sleeping etc., my supervisor sent back my draft untouched and suggested to do a bit of proofreading and then submit.
It seems impossible to finish because, at least in my case, I was battling both the writing and the existential dread of finishing something which has been for quite some time my main purpose.

User: bob86 - 07 December 2020 20:45

Quote From Hop:
Hi. Im near the end of a 3 year funded PhD. Im due to submit at the end of jan 2021, just under 2 months. My supervisors want to see a full draft by next week but I just can't get it done by then. Feel mega stressed. They said "just send it when you have a complete draft and we'll try to mark it in time". Really stressed could do with hearing of some experiences of people who have submitted and been through this. Anyone got advice for a chaotic stressed finish?

I feel your pain, my thesis is due middle of Jan 2021. Main body is complete, just have 50% of the Introduction and 100% of the Conclusion still to write. I'm totally spent, completely uninterested in the work and frankly just want it over with now. I think many candidates feel this way at this point. My main issue is I constantly overthink the writing part (quite happy running experiments and analysing data) when what needs to be explained/discussed can be done so in very simple terms. In other words, I'm constantly worrying about what the examiner might want which is slowing me down immensely. Sorry I can't offer any constructive advice at the moment other than you are not alone.





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