I help run a website for graduate students in Theology at Marquette. Today, one of my colleagues posted a humorous piece by a fellow graduate student on “Why Writing a Dissertation is Harder Than Having a Baby.” I reproduce the post here, but here is a link to the post on our other site.
Why Writing A Dissertation is Harder Than Having a Baby — Tony Bonta
1. Three months before your due date, your doctor doesn’t say, “I want you to
go back and redo the first trimester’s work.”
2. Unlike advisors, you can switch doctors without starting over.
3. Conceiving a baby is WAY more fun than conceiving a topic.
4. You know exactly how long pregnancy takes.
5. Friends and relatives don’t question the worth of a baby.
6. You don’t need to explain repeatedly to friends and family what it takes
to make a baby and why you’re not through yet.
7. Babies don’t require proper footnoting or adherence to a style manual.
8. You can freely borrow other people’s stuff if you’re having a baby; if
you’re writing a dissertation, that’s called plagiarism.
9. No one will complain that your baby is too similar to another one.
10. No matter how much trouble it was doing it, some people will gladly have
more than one baby.