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4 weeks left! Is it enough?

I just wanted to say thank you so much for posting this, and congratulations!! I'm in a very similar position - was actually supposed to submit today but am nowhere near ready, so I have another week. I am so over the whole thing that I can't even bring myself to open the document. I'm just hoping and praying that I can get it to the minimum word count and submit SOMETHING. But I know I'm not happy with how it's turned out and wish I could just scrap the whole thing and quit right now. The thought of going through the viva and continuing to work through corrections makes me physically sick. But your post really gives me hope that it might not be as painful or insurmountable as I'm convinced it's going to be. I had read your earlier post and was so glad to see this update. I'm so happy for you and can't imagine how pleased you are!! All the best.

My viva was awful - need advice

I'm not in the best position to give advice here - I'm 5 weeks from submitting my own PhD, which I am far from confident in and can't imagine will possibly be finished in that amount of time. I can't fully imagine how you're feeling, but I just wanted to send some support. And think about the hurdles you've already passed - you did finish the thing! You submitted it and got through a viva. No matter the outcome or what comes next, I hope you can take some time to just breathe, put it out of your head until you receive the corrections, and then decide what you want to do. You don't have to decide now. tr1992's advice sounds great and comes from a place of experience. It's ok to be sad, angry and annoyed. I've been asking myself all day every day why I decided to put myself through this, but we all had our reasons and one day it will be behind us! Sending you strength.

Anxiety - Scared of VIVA

I just found this thread and was wondering how it went, if it’s happened yet? Hope you’re well and feeling relief!

6 weeks to submission

Hi all,
New here and just wanting to vent. So ready to just quit my PhD at the last hurdle and hoping that posting might relieve a little stress. I have so much to do and feel so checked out that I cannot see how it’s possible to sit and get anything done. I’m doing a creative/critical poetry PhD and still have rewrites/edits to all chapters, have to finish the introduction and write a conclusion, works cited, and have about 8 new poems to write for the creative element. As it stands, I’ve been staring at a single paragraph for about 2 weeks now, completely unable to edit even a single sentence.
Scared to death that the whole thing is awful anyway and if I manage to submit, the possibility of major or even minor corrections and having to continue working on this is unthinkable. I just so desperately want my life back but don’t know how to get my mind straight.
I don’t know if this post is even appropriate here, or what kind of replies I’m hoping for! But thank you for reading, and I hope everyone else is hanging in there!