So, I’ve been busily working away on my dissertation and let me tell you it’s a process. I mean there are times where I may kick into overdrive and start writing like it is nobody’s business and there are times where I will get stuck. And when I truly get stuck, writing a sentence can feel incredibly difficult and painful.
Additionally, my dissertation involves qualitative analysis. I’ve come from a background of hard science, whereby research is dominated by quantitative analysis. Qualitative analysis is non-numerical in nature and is based more on attributes. For example a focus group or an interview would be considered qualitative. The responses of participants may be recorded, transcribed and coded into themes. The process is iterative and progressive, as well as laborious. Suddenly, multivariate equations in quantitative analysis seem like a joy.
I guess the truth of the matter, is while one might write their dissertation on their own, we are not on our own. Most PhD students writing their dissertation will share similar stories of challenges and joy involved. And if you’re lucky you may have an amazing committee to help guide you in the process to ensure you produce scholarly research.
Like the road to the Olympic Games, it is a journey like no other!