Where did October go? It’s been a busy 6 weeks since my most recent post, yet it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. As I had mentioned in PASS, I’m taking GOVT 731: Russia this semester. Yes, I’m beyond the coursework phases, but chose to take the course to round out my understanding of Russia. It has taken a lot of the time I wish I had to devote to my dissertation proposal because of paper writing (FIVE!) and reading.
So what’s my progress to date? I’m still working through my dissertation proposal and it will not be ready to propose before next semester, so I will continue to plug away at it and plan for a dissertation proposal in the 201403 – 201405 timeframe. After speaking with my chair this afternoon, this is my final course, my chair and I have decided that I will only take dissertation proposal writing credits next semester. I should then have the time to knock out the proposal in short order and move into dissertation research and writing.
Yes, it’s another shift to the right (this time by 6 months) and I’m learning that PhDs don’t like to be rushed. I’ve come to terms with the new schedule and updated my timeline accordingly. I should still be able to graduate in 2015, though it might be later in the year depending on when I defend my dissertation.
Here’s the updated plan:
201403 – 201405 – Propose Dissertation
201406 – 201506 – Write Dissertation
201507 – 201508 – Defend Dissertation
One step at a time …