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You know, it’s funny- I’ve been getting more and more feedback from graduate students, lately. Mostly, this is great. It’s nice hearing about what you like, and what you want to see more of. However, I’m also noticing a trend towards criticism when something I suggest doesn’t work that well for you. It’s happening more often now, to the point where it might be time to remind you that all the tips I offer have worked for someone (otherwise I wouldn’t offer them) but they might not work for you. And that’s ok. The key is to stay open to hearing what is being offered, to asking the question, "How might I apply this to my life" and being able to let it go when it doesn’t seem to fit. Be careful not to throw out an entire idea because one part of it doesn’t work for you, or doesn’t work as planned. There is more than one way to finish the dissertation, and, sometimes, you have to hear similar ideas in many different ways before they finally "take". I felt like I wanted to mention this because my main interest is in helping you finish your dissertation. If you read everything I write, do the exact opposite, and you still get it done- that’s fine by me. It doesn’t matter to me HOW you finish the dissertation. Only that you do.