It’s a questionable decision for me to even be here right now. I’m supposed to turn my full dissertation in to my committee in two (two!!!!) days, which means I am quite literally a crazy person and there’s no telling what will come out of my mouth other than that it is likely to either be an overreaction to something trivial, or something about stepwise regression, or about how I hate all my research and it doesn’t have any health implications at all, ahhh! (and then I may burst into tears).
These last two weeks have been spent swimming in a sea of stress and track changes. My diet has consisted, to an embarrassingly large extent, of wine and cake.
Now all the writing and editing is pretty much finished and I’ve moved into formatting land, which is basically as stressful as all the rest of it because the school states formatting requirements in terms like this: “Tufts University requires that the dissertation have a left margin of 1.5 inches; all other margins must be one inch… Students should also note that photocopying results in slight enlargement of the copied text. This enlargement must be accounted for to allow the final version of the dissertation to meet margin requirements. A dissertation can be rejected by the University for failure to meet the margin requirements.”
Seriously? I thought I was trying to get a PhD in food policy, not in using MS Word and its various margin, and page numbering, and cross-referencing functions. Mostly I’m all up in arms about it because I’m truly terrible at formatting.