Dissertation Journal: First “setback” – Postponing Quals

It’s not directly related to my dissertation but I’m postponing my qualifying exam until the summer.  It is indirectly related in that one of the main reasons I’m doing this is so that I concentrate on my initial survey instrument so I can hit my data collection window this summer.  If I miss that window then I’ll either have to wait another year for it to re-open or figure out a different method or topic entirely.

I’m very disappointed to have to do this and I haven’t yet figured out how this might potentially impact my schedule this summer.  But I have a lot going on in my personal and professional lives so this is a smart move even though it stings my pride and disrupts my summer a little bit.