If you joined us last summer, and you are still not finished with your dissertation, you can join us again. The in-person 2012 Winter Dissertation House at UMBC starts January 17-20, 2012, and the online blog session (Winter 2012 Challenge) will run until July 2012. Join us as online we start the New Year working on establishing new goals and revising old ones. Even if you have never posted on a social network before you can start posting here. This blog is dedicated to graduate students working on their comprehensive exams, proposals, and or doctoral dissertations. We have found that when working on a long-term goal it is important to let others, including loved ones, know what you are trying to accomplish. Just writing your goals down helps you to stay on track and posting them to a blog helps you to maintain some accountability to someone other than yourself.
Setting your deadlines is an important task. Not only do you need to set a long-term goal such as finishing your deadline or graduating in 2012, but it is important to set mini-deadlines for when you want to complete your a draft of your dissertation, chapter, section, page, paragraph.
What will you be working on this semester? Join us online. We are excited to see who will be the first to post in 2012.
Update: March 2012
This blog session now has more than 1200 comments. To join, page down to the bottom and login. Introduce yourself and post your goals. Come back daily for motivation and to let the group know how things are going. This blog will be in session until July 2012.