Category Archives: Ph.D. journey

Phenomenological Methodology Interview Reminders

I don’t have extensive interview experience. The 16 interviews I’d completed prior to my dissertation were all learning experiences that helped build my confidence and prepare me for the upcoming dissertation interviews. I soon realized how rusty my interview skills … Continue reading

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The Four-Week Ph.D. Candidacy Exam

On March 16, I successfully completed my candidacy exams. In the curriculum and instruction specialization program, faculty of education, at the University of Victoria, candidates are emailed four questions and must answer two questions within two weeks. The final step … Continue reading

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A Dissertation can’t be an Eight Hour a Day Job

Before I began my PhD journey, I had a to do list of unrelated things I wanted to complete either before I graduated or shortly thereafter. Looking back on that list as I enter my third year in the program, … Continue reading

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Toward a New Work-Life Balance

In August I packed everything up and drove across the country to begin my PhD journey.  Starting a life 4000 km from everything I know was fun and challenging. But one of the biggest challenges was finding a new life … Continue reading

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Six Lessons I Learnt from my Master’s Degree

Two years ago I enthusiastically prepared to  plunge into earning a master of education. The commitment was all encompassing as  a part-time student with a full time job. and I knew I’d face time management challenges … surely that was … Continue reading

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