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A Dissertation Topic is Like a Hole in the Ground

A poor dissertation topic hole is easily dug – it is wide and shallow, and never goes past the topsoil.


Yes, I, too, struggled with identifying my dissertation topic. 


I think that most doctoral students struggle at some point with their topic, and it’s easy to lose focus about become discouraged. 


I had collected a list of potential topics as I moved through the earlier classes, but when it came time to decide on a topic, a very sage advisor gave me some great advice, which I share in this article.