Welcome!

Hi there! Earning a PhD is hard work. No worries, though. There are a few things here that may be worth your while if you are a PhD student (or know of PhD students that could use some help). Last updated: January, 2017.

  • Mentoring Network!
    • Join a growing mentorship network – because I cannot handle all requests on my own!
  • The 100 Day Challenge – In Progress!
    • In which I commit to completing my Dissertation Proposal in 100 days. Join me!
  • Dyslexic PhD-ing
    • In which I discuss strategies and tips I use as a dyslexic PhD student.
  • The Basics
    • In which I talk about some of the basics you will need as you start your PhD Program.
  • Comprehensive Exams
    • In which I list of all my notes to prepare for my comprehensive exams (and yes, I passed). If you are a strategic management scholar-to-be, this is a goldmine.
  • Learning Resources
    • In which I accumulate all the links to statistics and programming resources.
  • Productivity Tactics
    • In which I keep a list of all my posts about the many ways I have tried to stay productive.

Preparing for the GMAT/GRE

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If you are feeling anxious or worried about beginning the journey to an MBA or PhD, you are not alone. In particular because the first step are the dreaded standardized exams.

There are many of us out there who don’t do well on standardized exams for a number of reasons. When I prepared to take the GMAT to get into my MBA and the GRE to get into my PhD, I was quite frustrated. English is not my first language. I had no money to prove I needed accommodations for my dyslexia. I was working full-time. Furthermore, minorities taking these exams usually fare a lot worse than non-minorities (Why Minority GMAT Scores Still Lag).

As a Latina, I felt that these exams were rigged to keep me and others like me from getting access to education and other opportunities. As a dyslexic, I found it hard to believe I could even complete the exams, let alone pass.

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2017: The Year of Fearlessness

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As I have discussed before, every year I decide on a theme. This year, I have decided it will be the Year of FEARLESSNESS.

Why?

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Day 60: Fall Quarter

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The Fall Quarter is over, winter is almost here. And I totally neglected my blog and my 100 Day Challenge. Fail.

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Advice to my 10-year-old dyslexic self

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Not too long ago, Dyslexia Blogger’s John Hicks sent me this tweet:

I have to admit I was at a loss for words and advice because I am so used to thinking about what could help me and other dyslexics in PhD programs. I had never considered a child’s perspective. Given that it is Dyslexia Awareness Week, I though I would take some time to answer.

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I cry when I work

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Doing a dissertation is an emotionally draining process. It is known.  I have many different ways to cope, but I sometimes find myself crying.

I am not alone in this, my sister was told at the beginning of her PhD Journey that if she did not cry at least twice in her first quarter, then there was something wrong with her.

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Day 58: Academic Entrepreneur-ing

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I am the daughter of entrepreneurs and small business owners. That is not what I wanted to do with my life, and after much searching I decided to pursue an academic career. Four years into my training (yep – still a PhD student), I realized that I am becoming an entrepreneur anyway. LOL.

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Day 57: Making the Dissertation Mine

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A few weeks ago, in the process of writing my dissertation proposal, I felt that my progress was out of my control. And that my dissertation was not mine, but that of my advisors. I was wrong. This dissertation is MINE. And remembering that has helped me keep pushing.

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