This group is for you if...*
PhinisheD is a discussion and support group for students who cannot seem to finish their dissertations or theses

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PhinisheD is the place on the web to find friendly advice and support as you struggle with your dissertation or thesis, and afterwards as you navigate the stormy seas of academia. If this is your first visit and you're curious about the site, please take a look at the About PhinisheD page, the FAQs, and our Acceptable Use Policy and Privacy Statement. Feel free to contact the webmaster if you have any further questions. Guests are allowed only to read the site info pages and view the links directory. Before you can read or participate in discussions, chat with other users, or use the many other interactive features of this site, you must register. To get the full benefits of PhinisheD, please click the register link above to become a member of our community. Registration is free, so join us today!
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The Phorum is the place for exchanging ideas, information, helpful tips, support, and advice with your fellow thesis and dissertation travelers. Newbies, please introduce yourselves here. This board is archived.
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Tech Support - Have questions about Word, Excel, LaTeX, another application or OS, or computer or other hardware? Help is here.
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An expansion of our mission, Phinally! is where Phinishers can discuss the transition from student to faculty or other profession. Topics may include academic and professional job searches, teaching, tenure, publishing, department politics, etc. This board is archived.
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On The Market - Discuss postdoc opportunities, job searches, applications, interviews, and other topics related to being on the market here.
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Feel like talking about your kids, pets, family, friends, hobbies, favorite books, movies, music, or food, or other things not directly related to graduate education? The place to discuss anything off-topic is on the OT. This board is not archived.
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Phood & Phitness - Exchange recipes and workout tips, set diet and exercise pacts, and talk about food and fitness on Phood & Phitness.
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Help Desk - Have questions about using the site? A technical problem or bug report? Suggestion or request? Post at the Help Desk.
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Working Boards
The PhinisheD working boards are the destinations of choice for those engaged in thesis and dissertation writing and looking for some fellowship and accountability in the struggle. These boards are not archived.
Daily - Make pacts, set goals, report accomplishments, offer encouragement, and commiserate with others engaged in the daily grind.
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Weekly - For those who want to pact and be held accountable but are unable to keep up with the fast pace on the Daily board.
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Monthly - A board for pacting, like the Daily and the Weekly, for those who would rather measure their progress over a longer time.
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VR (Virtual Retreat) - This board is the place to post pacts and progress reports if you are participating in the current virtual retreat.
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Pubdiss - Work together and stay accountable with others engaged in the attempt to write academic papers, chapters, and books.
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*This discussion and support group is for you if:
  • You are sick to death of people asking you "How is your dissertation [or thesis] coming?" (but you really would like to talk about your troubles in finishing -- with anybody except those who keep asking, no matter how genuinely concerned they may be).
  • You have vague fears about finishing, but don't feel you have a safe outlet for discussing whatever it is you seem to be afraid of.
  • You're having organizational problems or blocks, and find yourself procrastinating or staring at a blank computer screen for long periods of time.
  • You are not getting the kind of support you need -- from your university, your employer, your family members, or your friends. Maybe you don't even know what kind of support you need, just that you don't have it!
  • Face-to-face support groups offered by your university don't suit you, for whatever reason.
  • You've experienced and overcome this stagnant state of incompletion and want to help those still struggling.
  • You've completed your degree and are facing a job search, a heavy teaching load, a daunting research agenda, or the rigors of the tenure track. If you could still benefit from friendly support, then Phinally PhinisheD! is the board for you.
   And it might be for you if:
  • You are thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, a novice graduate student considering thesis or dissertation topics, an undergrad thesis writer, or another type of student or writer staring up a mountain that seems to touch the moon.
  • You are a family member, friend, or significant other who wants to try to understand the pressures faced by your loved one.

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