When they announce, “Congratulations, Doctor!” You will feel weird on the inside. Your mind will take a few moments (maybe a few days) to register that it’s over. You did it. You defended your dissertation. You won’t instantly feel over the moon. You will feel the same way you did the day before. You will be a little confused. You’ve been waiting for your whole doctoral journey for this moment. You’ve dreamt about this moment.
I mean, you’ve made it this far. You’ve taken all of the classes. Wrote all the papers. Went to all the conferences. So, why is this dissertation so hard? You love your topic and so excited about the research but this writing… Listen, I hear you. Today, I’m breaking down what’s most likely happening and what you can do about it.