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Welcome to Doctor Tales!

Welcome! Doctor Tales is a new blog to help doctoral students succeed during and beyond their academic journeys.

Welcome! Doctor Tales is a new blog to help doctoral students succeed during and beyond their academic journeys. We are Dr. Bessie DiDomenica (PhD) and Dr. Patricia Mason (DBA), two doctors who took the journey. We recently earned our doctoral degrees and offer our strategies for other doctoral candidates to succeed.

We also embrace our new roles as scholar-practitioners, and encourage others to take their education beyond the classroom.

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More PhD Survival Tips

This week, I found another blog on survival tips for doctoral students. Dr. Patti Mason and I understand the need to find new ways to learn and let go of old habits. We struggled with managing time while juggling work and family obligations. Here’s another look at other ideas to help you survive your doctoral journey. I like some of these suggestions – they dovetail nicely with our tips for a successful academic journey.

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Make Time To Celebrate the Milestones

Editor’s Note: Dr. Patti Mason wrote this week’s blog to remind us to celebrate your milestones throughout your dissertation journey. We can forget to celebrate the small things we do. When we neglect to acknowledge our milestones and achievements, however small they may seem, we miss a great opportunity to be encouraged to take another step towards a new milestone.

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Mental Health for Doctoral Students

The process of getting your doctorate is challenging enough: juggling family, work and school, personal time, projects for your courses, finding a good advisor, understanding new information, and learning scholarly writing skills.

But there is a steady undercurrent of challenges that are hidden from view. The hidden social and psychological challenges will impact how you feel, act, respond and survive your doctoral journey. Let’s talk about mental illness.

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How To Pick a Dissertation Topic

At the start of my dissertation journey, I had a general idea of what I wanted to study: sustainability. Sustainability is a big word with many definitions – here are over 100 definitions of sustainability.

Sustainability is a complex idea that allowed me to explore different areas of interest: environmental, cultural, social, economic, agriculture, urban planning, organizational, structural, etc.

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The Upside of Higher Ed Downsizing

The other day I took a peek at my groups on Linkedin. Some groups send weekly newsletters and emails to the members. But it was time for my weekly check in to see what’s going on. What’s happening at my Alma mater?

I happened to find a post on my Walden University group. As you know, Dr. Patti Mason and I are alums from Walden University. We struggled together to get our doctorates – Walden will always have a special place in our hearts.

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What I Learned From My ESL Students

Last summer I taught my first class. The regular teacher wanted the summer off and the academic writing class fell in my lap.

That was fine with me – it was a good fit because I finished my doctorate and scholarly writing was fresh in my mind. The challenge was to teach academic writing to adult ESL students.

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How To Overcome Challenges in Online Learning

Like many adults, Dr. Bessie DiDomenica and I are lifelong learners. We continue to learn new ways to keep our minds active by working on joint projects with colleagues and other researchers. We find opportunities to present our ideas to academics and the general public. And we continue to publish articles in scholarly journals.

Dr. Bessie and I faced many challenges in graduate school. How did we overcome them? What did we learn from our online experience?

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