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My End of Year Doctoral Horror Story

  Hey guys! Ms. Duggan is back! I know it’s been awhile since I updated my blog but as you know I was working in Italy as a mental health clinician on an archaeological dig site. Don’t worry you will get ALL the details later. I’m finally back at work and getting back to my normal busy life and things are going well so far. But around the time I got back into the swing of things I had a major doctoral catastrophe! (Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “My Doctoral Horror Story” where I am looking at the camera with a terrified look.) While I was away, I was still enrolled in two courses that had been going pretty well. I actually finished one while I was in Italy and received an A in the course.   The other course had one last assignment due that I planned to finish once I got back to the states. However, to my surprise it was due while I was in Italy and I was totally not prepared to finish it. (Figure 2: This is a photo of Ms. Jay, an African American male fashion

Did My Professor Get Me Together?!

 

Working at a university I interact with professors on a daily basis. I am often in the middle to help students communicate more effectively. As a student myself I reach out to my own professors when I have questions and I have always had a pleasurable experience for the most part. I’m currently taking a literature review course with a professor who is a stickler for all things grammar and APA. One of the course required books included purchasing an APA manual but being on a debt free budget I figured I could just skim online to get the basics.


Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “Did My Professor Get Me Together?!” where I am looking at the camera with a serious look. I have on a yellow shirt that says, “Black girl magic” and my hand is under my chin.

 

I typically use Owl Purdue anyway and do just fine with sticking to APA guidelines. Before spring break, I completed a dissertation review of four studies where I analyzed each one’s literature review. I figured my APA format was on point although it was two pages short. My professor graded it rather quickly and I ended up getting a 90! Since I had never made anything higher than a B in this course I was hype!  


Figure 2: This is a photo of Kermit the frog saying “Yaaayyy!” he is seated on the edge of a desk with his arms in the air and his mouth open.


The professor asked me if I had any questions and how did I feel about the course so far and I informed him that I felt good about the course but that I probably should purchase an APA manual. His response was “Goodness Alexis; indeed, you must purchase a new manual and then review it!” I responded with “Will do” lol. After reading the email I paused and asked myself “Did my professor just get me together?”



Figure 3: This is a photo of Zendaya with an annoyed look. 


I thought it was rather funny and agreed that I needed to get one. I have seen less than stellar communication between professors and students, so this was a good laugh. The most important thing to remember is when communicating with your professors always respond appropriately. If you feel that it is something that needs to be looked into further, then reach out to an advisor or other staff member who can assist you. What’s the funniest thing a professor has said to you? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Be sure to head over to YouTube to check out my latest video. Don’t forget to subscribe!

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