Sign up for the Trip to Chicago in PMU 268 today! Cost is $25 for a round trip ticket to Chicago! Visit museums, the famous Bean, and go to the Taste of Chicago July 12th!
Sign up for the PSUB Day of Service in PMU 268 as well. PSUB will provide free lunch and transportation to Camp Sycamore Valley where we will be assisting in camp cleanup on July 26th!
Join us on Tuesday for our weekly Noon on Tuesday! This week make your own suncatcher and enjoy free mini deli sandwiches and veggie wraps!
Wednesday, learn how to make your own painting at the Painting How-to in the Union Commons at 3 pm. Sign up in the PSUB Office PMU 268 to participate!
Thursday stop by the Union Commons at 7 pm with groups of 6 to participate in Trivia Night! Test you knowledge and compete to win gift cards to the Union.
Friday and Saturday, come to Flicks at Fowler featuring Muppets Most Wanted at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm both nights!
For more detailed information visit www.purdue.edu/thinksummer or follow us on Facebook at Think Summer at Purdue or on twitter @Think_Summer!
“Having survived the arduous stages of the PhD program one imagines that it’s got to get easier from here on. What could, after all, be harder than surmounting two years of coursework, taking the prelim exam, writing and defending the prospectus? And yet, the writing of the thesis itself is a different kettle of fish altogether – there are plenty of unsolicited advice-givers of course but basically you’re all on your own with little or no concrete precedent to help you get by.
“When I started writing my first chapter, the task felt daunting. But the sheer pleasure of losing myself in research, delving into the murky depths of amorphous ideas, battling to articulate, with precision, ‘what exactly I was trying to argue’ made time fly. Ten months later, nearly four chapters down, I feel as though there is no right way to get the ball rolling. Some things make the exercise more palatable, of course: being in constant dialogue with your chair(s), feeling motivated by their push-back rather than getting overwhelmed by it, working in reading/writing groups with your cohort; these things make you feel like you’re a part of a community that is helping you accomplish your goals.
"Another strategy that really gave me the momentum to maintain a consistent work-pace was to apply to the biggest conferences with abstracts from chapters I was yet to write. This meant that my chapter-writing deadline had to keep pace with the conferences that were coming up, conferences that I was really keen to attend. Writing chapters was no longer, then, simply about finishing the dissertation but about putting ideas out into the world. I followed the same principle with regard to sending pieces out for publication. I jumped right into the fray, sent manuscripts to top-end journals, embraced the rejections and celebrated the acceptances.”
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