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Completing a Ph.D
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Why were you inspired to do this?

I knew that only with a Bachelor degree in Psychology my doors were pretty limited. After my undergrad, my mom wanted to retired from my dad/family's business and proposed that I take her job as a admin/payroll clerk. I guess I was scared I would have no other options! :-)

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

Getting accepted: I looked at what specialty of psychology I would be interested in. Taking into consideration my grades where not as good as they should be (3 years at Bishop's learning English at the same time as earning a degree). Found schools that I could go to and would have the most chance of being accepted with the resources I had. Talk to psychology teachers at Bishop's about my plans. One of them knew a teacher in the I/O Psychology department. I contacted him and setup an interview. He trusted me and accepted me. I remember driving back from Montreal dancing in the car!

Completed my course load and doc exam: Those are darker times personally but all worked out with hard work and determination. I was not going to give up. A slow down break (a session) at University of New Mexico (as an exchange student) did the trick. I also met my husband there.

Thesis work and defense: I had to find a topic that interested me and that would be easy to get data in. I'm not the type of person to linger at school. I wanted to be done and get that degree. I settled for employee performance appraisal effectiveness. I approached the local hospital to give me a chance to collect data from their employee in exchange I build a simple performance appraisal. Writing the actual thesis was tedious as I was also working full time and couldn't see the sight of it anymore. It finally all came together before I moved away from Montreal in May 2000.

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

I felt great! I felt like a millions bucks! Very confident.

Additional notes and tips:

At my defense I had a very limited audience but my parents where there. Which really was great. I know my dad was proud (having only a grade 8th degree himself) even if he didn't understand half of what I was saying and the questions I was asked.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt; &amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;I don't use that degree directly in my work. Kind of a shame when I think about it. However, I don't think it was a waste of time. I proved to myself that I can do what I&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;want if I put in some hard work. It also give a great way of thinking that I can use everyday.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>



1/9/2011 7:53:13 AM

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