To Finish or Not to Finish, that is the Question

2018-10-02T02:29:29+00:00August 5th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Somewhere along the way graduate students may begin to assess their desire to complete their degree. The length of the program, the feeling of delayed rewards, doubts about the possibility of landing a tenure track position, and questions about the applicability of your degree outside the ivory tower are just a few of the reasons that prompt this assessment. During my campus workshops, I often get the question: Should I finish the dissertation?It's an understatement to say that this is a huge question with ramifications on your personal and professional lives. While no one can answer this question for you, there are a few questions you may ask yourself to guide your decision making process:Where am I in my program? Perhaps you are at a stage in your program when leaving represents minimal risk in terms of money or time spent. I [...]