January 3, 2016

Ringing in 2016, PhD-Style: The Year of the Dissertation

Exciting news, brainiacs! Starting this month, I'll be outlining and beginning to write my dissertation, which I'm aiming to defend in late May. I'm simultaneously dreading it and chomping at the bit to get started. Wish me luck!

In order to accomplish this intimidating, but necessary, last step of my education, a few changes to the blog will be taking place over the next few months:

1. I'll be writing updates on my progress here at the end of each month! In order to keep myself accountable, and because I think (hope?) others — especially fellow students — might find it interesting, I'll be back here on the last day of each month to talk about how I'm approaching the beast, my progress over the past month, challenges I've faced, and how I've (attempted to) overcome them.

I'm going into this process blindly. No one has taught us how we're supposed to write a dissertation. I'm pretty sure 99.99% of PhD students feel the same way. I'll be breaking it down the best way that I know how to.

2. The science blogging will slow down a bit. I will aim to write at least one new science-y/educational post per month, but I'm not going to be hard on myself in sticking to this goal. Right now, my thesis takes precedence — but I also know that writing about science that *isn't* sleep-related will be one of the few things keeping me grounded during this time!

3. I'll still be active on social media! Though I have already been taking steps to reduce some outside distractions (I've stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of ScienceSeeker, though I'm remaining on as an editor), I'll still be active on Twitter and Facebook (follow me if you don't already!).

Happy New Year, everyone! 

May you accomplish all the goals you set out to achieve — we're in this together now.

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