We all know how much discipline it takes to complete a graduate program, and getting overwhelmed at times is practically inevitable. Have you ever felt like you would never finish? Maybe I should ask, how many times did you feel like you would never finish? Maybe it's not even about finishing, but more about questioning your place in academia. Are you really supposed to be here? Of course you are! It's actually normal to feel like an impostor from time to time and you will even find peer-reviewed research about this phenomenon. GradHacker recently posted an excellent article about this very topic: Banishing Impostor Syndrome.
Sometimes you just need a little bit of inspiration to get you back on track. Share a coffee break with one of your mentors, call a friend who has been through this process, or hang out in the library.
No, really, go hang out in the library!
Find out where the completed dissertations and theses can be found for your department and take a moment to think about all of these fellow graduate students who made it through this process. I promise you will find inspiration when you see endless shelves of them. Find the place on the shelf where your dissertation or thesis will be placed when you finish and keep this mental image in mind when you start to feel overwhelmed.
PhD candidate Keely Roth views geography dissertations in the library.