Update #17 | I Finally Did It! (my dissertation experience)


Yes, you read that right - the day has come where I stop mentioning my dissertation and how stressed I am in every single blog post... I've handed in my dissertation! Honestly though, I genuinely cannot believe I'm finally done with it, to the point where when I was done formatting the whole thing and I sent it off to be printed I just kind of sat there like... what now..? I also managed to hit 6k on twitter on the day I handed it in, so it was a pretty good day for me! I can't even describe how good it feels though, it's a huge weight off my shoulders and now I only have two more essays to write and I'm done with university completely, which is actually a pretty scary thought - I try and move that thought to the back of my mind as often as possible, haha! It's so weird to think that my eight (was it really eight though?! that's gone by so fast!) months of hard work and procrastination has now been printed into my own little 40 page book - how weird is that?! Writing 10,000 words felt like such an impossible task eight months ago and now it's finally done - I'm actually pretty proud of myself, woo! But yeah, I thought I would just do a quick little update post to mark this day and share this little experience with you lot. I also just wanted to say that if any of you out there are still writing away and finishing off your dissertations or if you're a second year student who is just starting out on their dissertation proposal - YOU CAN DO THIS! If I can do it, you can - trust me! I was actually going to make a full on blog post where I share some of my dissertation advice (I did kind of share some in this post if you want to have a read), but I feel like a few little pieces of advice would fit nicely into this post - so, here are few key pieces of advice/what I would do differently if I could go back and do it all again... which I never want to do by the way, haha!) 

Something that I definitely wish I could go back and do was plan! Honestly, back in February/March time I felt like I was pretty far behind and I should really have written more by that point, so I started to set myself goals of what I wanted written by a certain date. I feel like this was such a good way of actually making sure I got it done in time to be proof read and printed etc! If you're actually active with your dissertation tutor (I wasn't, but I'll go into that in a second...) this is something you can definitely agree on with them - ask them to set you goals and dates to get chapters done by and then when the time comes they can send you a little email asking for your next chapter. That way you stay on track and have plenty of time to proof read and format before the deadline! 

Also - Yes, your dissertation is such an important piece of work and it should definitely be at the top of your priority list! But that doesn't mean you can't take a day off every now and again - I honestly think I would've gone insane if I hadn't had any days off, haha! Trust me, I didn't have a problem with taking days off... the problem I had was having guilt free days off. I constantly felt like I should've been writing something or I won't get it finished in time, so even if I was having a day off my dissertation was always in the back of my mind, making me feel guilty! So yeah, as long as you don't go too overboard with the days off - you can definitely take a break every now and again and don't feel guilty about it!

I'm 99% sure everyone who writes a dissertation has access to a dissertation tutor and I have to say I didn't really use mine to my advantage at all... to be fair, after speaking to a fair amount of people on my course about their own experience a scary amount of them didn't really feel like they could reach out to their tutor at all and actually a lot of our lecturers were ill or away from uni during February and March (aka: the months where everyone is stressing out and panicking because the deadline is closer than we thought, haha!) so I feel like that kind of screwed us all over.. But yeah, if you're lucky enough to have a tutor who is active and replies to your emails definitely use them to your advantage - you can email them drafts and get all the advice, it's what they're there for so use them!

3 comments :

  1. Well done on getting it all done! My boyfriend just handed his in this week and I finally feel like I've got him back 😂 Love your blog xx

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  2. Congratulations! It's the best feeling ever! xx

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

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  3. I'm so happy for you! Congrats on 6K as well! I didn't have to do a dissertation for my degree, it was optional, and even the thought of having to do one makes me anxious! I hope you're treating yourself this weekend

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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