Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

Ugh. Talk about a loaded word. While I have one other step before I have to face the d-word, it's connected with that whole morass. I tell myself right now that I will finish, just because... but I generally try not to think about the stack of paper I have yet to generate.

I'm ok with the idea of becoming a high school teacher again (fingers crossed), for many reasons. Having a schedule that largely overlaps with my kids' schooling is part of it, as is a greater interest in teaching than research. But it's not ok to talk about these things in my department, so it's something like my dirty little secret right now.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It sure is a loaded word...when I look back on that time, and all the agonizing that went with carrying around that D-word, and trying to be all those things at once and not getting anywhere, I am so relieved I've moved past that. Of course, ideally I would have defended the D AND been all those things, too (as you will be!), but my situation was different--politically tainted by the second committee I had to form when my chair left.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Oh my.

My husband is working on his right now. He's presenting his first three chapters the first weekend in March and will complete it, hopefully, by August.

I can't imagine what series of unfortunate events led you to having five full chapters and not a Dr. in front of your name. Whatever happened, I'll just say I'm very sorry. I can't imagine the emotions that must have caused!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

A series of unfortunate events...!


Lilianpw's picture Lilianpw

I know you don't want to talk about it, but someday I would really really like to hear your story. Since you know mine. I feel saddened by the idea that I only did it because my parents spent 24 months of their lives "working on it" full time too. I guess that makes me feel as if what I did has WAY little value. Really. It wasn't me. I did the work, but they did ALL the rest. And I think that is my elephant in the room. I don't feel like I earned as I should have. And it's a horrible thing to talk about.

Now... I have the degree, but you're the one in that book. I think I'd rather have been in the book. I'd rather have the paying blog. And the job. So you're all right. You TOTALLY don't need the degree. It's completely, absolutely useless. (sorry for the negative comment. I cannot blog about this much, my blog is already too whiny, too negative as it is). We can talk more over email.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

If we can work it out so we meet one day (soon, hopefully), I'd be more than happy to tell you the tale...!