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Thread: Hellooo! PhD student here battling dissertation monsters. Need ruthless allies.

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    Cool Hellooo! PhD student here battling dissertation monsters. Need ruthless allies.

    Hello all!
    My name is Bailey and I'm a 5th year PhD student desperately trying to finish up my dissertation writing. I'm battling anxiety, perfectionism, and impostor syndrome but I really need to finish up this research project and get on with bigger better things. I'd really like to make the writing process to feel less like torture and more like a fun challenge... also, I'm an American attending a Canadian University and paying international tuition this can't go on forever! I'm a complete noob to SuperBetter and am in need of allies.

    About me:
    -I'm an artist that uses painting as therapy to recharge and rejuvenate
    -I love chatting about books and sharing resources for wellness
    -I really enjoy my research subject (archaeology/anthropology), but HATE the process of academic writing
    -I like collaborating on stuff

    I'm still learning how this game works, but let me know if you'd like to be my ally!

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    Hi! No dissertation for me! I found a Masters Degree that didn't take one! Museum Studies in particular. I love history and archaeology. But I do find myself having a hard time writing (Fiction and/or fanfiction, or poetry). Not academic stuff but still writing. I don't have anxiety but I have a nearly vanquished Depression. It reminds me it's still around now and then when something really not fun happens. I've made some power-ups and quests for writing.

    I'm still fairly new to SuperBetter as well. I really wanted to try it out to see if it could help my daughter. Now I'm playing and she's blowing it off. Well, and there's also the problem that she's grounded and so doesn't get wifi on her phone and doesn't have a working SIM....

    Anyway, maybe we could be allies?


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    Ainaechoiriel - Awesome. Would love to have you as my ally! Not really sure what allies do, but we can figure it out together! I'll PM you.

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    Fought a few battles
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    California USA
    Hello, Bailey,

    If you are still looking for Allies, please check out my post under "I Need Allies" in the thread "Seeking FUTURE Allies."

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    Hey Bailey - still looking for Allies? I can definitely feel the dissertation pain - I haven't been through a PhD program but I did have to churn out a 400 page reference book on communication (it recently hit bookshelves), so I understand the grind of a huge writing project like that. Several of my clients are also academics, so I'm not foreign to the academic world. I'm working on a lot of business goals, too much to do with too little time/energy and controlling my focus and sense of overwhelm can be a challenge. I'd be happy to ally with you. Drop me a PM if you are interested!

    And out of curiosity, what university are you at?

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    Tackling projects can be so hard for us perfectionists! Wishing you the best going forward. I have been very inactive and barely checking in with my current allies, but I'm sure you will find people and figure it out together, you sound very thoughtful. The ally interface really is fantastic ON DESKTOP not so much on mobile so my recommendation is to check out the site on a browser to get the most of the ally feature! there is a "ally mode" or tab at the top of the page that allows you to view their activity in separate streams.

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