Thursday, June 26, 2008

No visit to Canada :(

I can't come back to Canada in July for a visit. I just can't afford it.

This is due to the fact that I'm pretty much out of money and can't afford another return flight to Edinburgh (I already have a flight back to Calgary). In retrospect, it was a little naive of me to think that I could do it.

The bad side is, of course, that I won't be there for Brier's wedding, won't see my girlfriend, won't see friends who are only in town from abroad then, won't be able to have fun (drink) at Bruce's lake cabin, and won't be able to do the job interviews I had semi-planned.

But the good side is that I can therefore come home much earlier (I just moved my flight to August 25th). This is more than 3 weeks earlier than I had initially planned. Which means I'll be home before my girlfriend moves to our place in Edmonton. Then I spend a month visiting people, doing job interviews (in theory)... OH, and spending a lot of time doing the write up for my thesis before the 20th. Can't forget that last one...



Mark said...

Brian, here's some advice from someone who has written two thesis(es?...thesi?). Turn off your email while you're writing it, and it's also a good idea to unplug your phone too. Distractions will kill your concentration. If you don't finish your thesis at school, you'll never do it. Of all the grad students I studied with, only about 1/3rd of the guys who left school with intentions of finishing their thesis actually did.

That said, make sure that you take appropriate time to unwind too. If you sit down and write nonstop for a week, you'll get too burned out to write and will probably end up losing another week to procrastination. Budget your time - write for no more than x hours per day (say 8), and make sure you take your weekends off to relax. Your writing ends up better for it and it helps keep you sane. Good luck.

Jenn & Owen said...

Mark makes an excellent point. Speaking as a person who is in the death-throes of a thesis, you need to do it full time, not after a return to full time work. The last 10% will take years... dammit.