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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

What Courses am I Taking?


Spring semester is trucking away, and I just realized that I didn’t tell you what courses I’m taking! As a second-year doctoral student in higher education this semester has been very busy. You all know that I typically take two courses since this is what my university covers, and I am very happy that I decided to drop my third course before the semester started. The amount of work that I have had to complete with the two courses that I am enrolled in would not have been sustainable if I would have added a third course. Remember guys slow and steady wins the race!

Figure 1: This a thumbnail for my latest YouTube video “What Courses Am I Taking?” where I am holding my Issues in Higher Education book with a surprised look on my face.

This semester my two courses are Issues in Higher Education and Writing a Literature Review. My Issues in Higher Education course points out the challenges in higher education today. I typically focus on student loan debt crisis but there is so much more that we don’t talk about. I will most definitely talk about things like the time it takes to graduate, minority graduation rates, and how graduate students are not trained to be teachers. 

Figure 2: This is a photo of the Higher Education in America book by Derek Bok.

My Writing a Literature Review course is a lot guys. My first assignment was a bibliographic paper where I listed 26 articles related to my current topic of students on the spectrum in higher education. Each article required several components like related books and the type of research that was down. Currently I am reading through the literature review of four different dissertations and analyzing them to see where they excelled and where they missed the mark. This class already has me dreading my actual literature review!


Figure 3: This is a photo of someone typing on a keyboard.

What courses are you taking this semester? How’s your semester going so far? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Don’t forget to head over to my YouTube channel to check out my lates video and sign up for my email subscription list so you can be the first to know when I send out any information! 


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