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I'm totally with Jeff.My time was (and I just knew...

2007-10-04T03:56:00.000-07:00

I'm totally with Jeff.

My time was (and I just knew it) was combined with the feeling "If I'm not done soon, I'm going to hit someone".

I still can't imagine what i would have done, if I didn't pass with my first try ;-)



When you're sick of it, you're getting close to do...

2007-09-12T19:50:00.000-07:00

When you're sick of it, you're getting close to done.

When you can't imagine ever wanting to see another pony for as long as you live, you're really almost done.

When you get your committee to sign your paperwork, you're done.



The problem is, if you wait until it "feels" right...

2007-09-09T09:10:00.000-07:00

The problem is, if you wait until it "feels" right, you might never finish. As the others here have said, figure out what you need to accomplish in order to be ready for the job market. After that, it's a matter of putting a reasonable amount of time in every day on your work, setting out intermediate goals for yourself (e.g., "finish last section of chap.4"), having an idea of your overall deadline, and continuing to plug away.



I'm with DC, personally.But maybe: when you've got...

2007-09-06T09:42:00.000-07:00

I'm with DC, personally.

But maybe: when you've gotten what you wanted to get out of the school. Do you have as many pubs as you want? Are there jobs open that you want? Do you have good recommendations? Then you're OUT!!!



I'm with Matthew and DC. In case we're voting.And ...

2007-09-06T08:55:00.000-07:00

I'm with Matthew and DC. In case we're voting.

And I'm pretty sure graduate student's advice works out to the same thing. ;)



I always thought it was "as soon as you can possib...

2007-09-06T08:05:00.000-07:00

I always thought it was "as soon as you can possibly get your entire committee to sign all your forms". If the earliest date you mentioned is possible, you should do that one.



You are done when you are not afraid of working en...

2007-09-05T21:57:00.000-07:00

You are done when you are not afraid of working entirely on your own anymore.

One exercise is to think of an answer to the question: suppose your advisor/current collaborators are not around any more, but you have as much resources as you want to do your work. What would you do? If you can come up with problems that will keep you busy for a year or more, and you are looking forward to persuing them on your own, it's time to graduate!



You are done whenever you can't take it any more.

2007-09-05T19:59:00.000-07:00

You are done whenever you can't take it any more.



Yeah, it's hard to know when you're done. In my a...

2007-09-05T19:43:00.000-07:00

Yeah, it's hard to know when you're done. In my area (scientific computing) it was typically about a year after the prelim. So, schedule your prelim and then add a year. :)



A good rule of thumb is to figure out when you thi...

2007-09-05T18:03:00.000-07:00

A good rule of thumb is to figure out when you think you'll be done, then add at least 3-4 months to that. :)

In my case, my advisor pushed me to finish by a certain date, and I actually did finish by that date (although with less publications than I would have liked).



when the house lights come on, and it's clear the ...

2007-09-05T13:27:00.000-07:00

when the house lights come on, and it's clear the band is not returning to the stage for a second encore.