Have you visited this website yet? It is the place for you if you want to be “phinally phinished!” In case you have not found your tribe on campus or in your online program, this site is a forum for others experiencing the rollercoaster of the doctoral courses, dissertation, Chair, IRB, committee, and the like.
Hosted by Dr. Thomas Jankowski of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Dr. Jankowski provides the website and its services free of charge and free of advertising. He also serves as the webmaster, all volunteer services on top of his research and administrative duties at the Institute of Gerontology.
Page of Phame: Several names are listed each month on the page of Phame. Besides the gratification of the upcoming letters behind your name, this is an added bonus to share with family and friends.
Phorum: Posts including “A Day in the Life of a Writer”, “I have a DATE”, and “Feeling Isolated” garner virtual hugs and comments from phellow sojourners who can truly relate. People also reply to posts from newbies and those asking for feedback on work. People are good.
Tech Support: Over 1,000 topics and 6,000 posts on software and separate operating systems are here. Still, I am terrified of messing up my tables in APA, but resources exist for any computer or data processing hurdle you face!
Calendar: You can publicly post your personal mini and major goals on a timeline for all to see. People will congratulate you or give you a friendly push. The site will email you as you progress, ensuring that you do, in fact, progress.
Shopping: For those times you are procrastinating (yes you, never me…!) , you can buy the cutest “stuph” with the PhinisheD logo. Teddy bears, clothing, computer bags, housewares, you get the idea. Some people believe in buying themselves a coffee mug when phinisheD, but I say drink out of one every morning and see yourself as a graduate!
Say hi on the chat board when you sign up! My username is JillCraddock.