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I refuse to see this phase as being stuck. This is the thinking that makes us stop and GIVE UP. A member of the Latinas Completing Doctoral Degrees Facebook group posted a note that really struck a chord with me at the exact same moment I was thinking the same thing. She was seeking advice about what is the best way to put in order all of the articles she was reading for her dissertation. I could completely relate because that is exactly what I was going through - trying to figure out how to best organize and make sense of all the information while remaining focused on the main ideas.
Some time ago, I came up with a solution for organizing my articles by creating a summary sheet to analyze each article separately in order to consider each one carefully. I also came up with themes where I found common threads and created a category sheet where I could group things together. Finally, I created an online form in Google drive so that I can enter references from anywhere and from any mobile device. As time consuming as this was, I found it much easier to streamline the process and make it manageable. As it turns out, organizing articles is easy. The difficult part is not letting the rigor and time that it takes to discourage you from continuing. This is why, according to NSF Latinas earned only 2.3% of the doctorates granted in the United States in 2012. We know how to work hard, but we start doubting our own abilities when we get overwhelmed.
It gives me great comfort to know that I am not alone in this process. I have this blog and the Facebook group not only for support, but to help hold me accountable. It’s been wonderful meeting other Latinas working on their doctorates and even the ones who have finished have been generous with their words of sabiduria (wisdom). Without this network of support it would have been so easy to just walk away and get on with my life. What I did not realize is that THIS IS MY LIFE. So I decided to write down what I believe are my current challenges and how I plan to overcome them:
Thank you to the members of the LatinasCompleting Doctoral Degrees Facebook group and to the Latina Researchers Network, with whom I have also recently connected who help to keep me focused and motivated to finish. We can all do this!