Thesis/Dissertation Coaching

From overwhelm to discipline

EDUCATION

  • MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation from Columbia University
  • Higher Diploma in Comparative Literature from Kuwait University
  • BA in English Language and Literature from Kuwait University

BACKGROUND

In 2008, I was accepted into Kuwait University’s MA Program in Comparative Literature. I was 22 years old and, at first, I was focused; so focused, in fact, that I was honored as the top student in 2010.

Yet unlike some of my colleagues, I never managed to complete my thesis. My grandmother passed away amid a series of other events that compounded the internal hurricane I felt and continued to feel long after.

Throughout this difficult period, I focused on writing and its healing properties. I began performing slam poems, leading creative writing workshops, and speaking to students about the power of language and literature and how they shape what it means to be human. Over time, I gained some acclaim for the work I was doing in Kuwait.

Ten years after my first experience as a grad student, I found myself in the same boat, albeit this time thousands of miles away from home, studying Creative Writing at Columbia University in the City of New York.

I promised myself this time around that I would practice the tools I developed over the decade.

Those tools had helped me publish two books and receive an Arab Women Award from Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in the category of Inspirational Woman for my impact on Kuwait’s creative landscape, by 2018.

And by the time I left Columbia University, I had successfully completed not one but two theses (in poetry and literary translation) during a global pandemic while my country’s airport was in lockdown, my student visa was running out, my apartment’s contract was nearing its end, and all the while drowning in other uncertainties and facing life’s constant challenges (relationship breakdowns, health concerns, family troubles, etc.).

Not only did I manage to achieve my academic goals despite external and internal chaos, but I also managed to pay off all my student loans as well.

At the end of the day, we are human beings thrust into a vortex called life which doesn’t stop when we embark on higher education. If the aim is to complete one’s academic projects without getting overwhelmed, we could remember that a helpful mindset is deeply rooted in understanding what it means to be vulnerable as well as resilient; what it means to be forward thinking as well as flexible and creative. You can tackle turmoil with your dissertation coach.

As a dissertation coach, I provide a practical framework to help students combat fear, doubt, writing block, and other forms of overwhelm.

OVER 12 SESSIONS, I WILL COACH YOU THROUGH:

  • Tracking expansive and limiting desires
  • Reflecting on your values and staying connected to you deeper WHYs
  • Becoming more strategic as well as resilient by reframing what mistakes and changes mean to you
  • Developing a personalized system to help differentiate between helpful and harmful thoughts
  • Preparing your work space, and organizing your notes, resources, and drafts
  • Breaking down dissertation/thesis chapters into small, manageable arguments and adding them to a wholistic calendar
  • Creating SMART Goals for your dissertation (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound)
  • Categorizing your To-Do-Lists (Academic, Physical, Spiritual, Social, etc.) and maintaining life/work balance
  • Practicing mindfulness or developing new systems for self-care that will prioritize your mental and physical health
  • Fostering a support network to help you stay disciplined
  • Attending to life’s challenges while staying focused on your academic goals
  • Tracking your reinforcing moments and celebrating your wins

Packages are renewable according to your needs.

THESIS/DISSERTATION COACHING TRACKS

The idea is to develop the practical framework at the beginning of the writing journey.

Doing so allows for a more pleasurable graduate experience.

Whether regular or expedited, clients will receive:

  • Twelve 50-min audio coaching sessions, either weekly or every other week
  • One 15-min call for brief wins, challenges, or goals, every month (6 for regular and 3 for expedited )
  • In between sessions, clients are encouraged to reach out to me via emails and text messages for quick questions, wins, challenges, or ideas to develop further in our sessions.

These are meant as supplements to and not as substitutes for our 50-min coaching sessions. If I feel that the questions might be better tackled during our sessions, I will guide clients toward those calls.

EDITORIAL PACKAGE:

As a dissertation coach, I try to focus on coaching fundamentals, as such, I do not provide editorial services. However, I can make an exception for clients who seek a hybrid model which combines coaching with comments on writing samples : i.e. style, tone, level of comprehension, clarity, etc. This offer is curated according to students’ needs.

FEE:

  • If you seek a hybrid model, we will customize a plan together before getting started.
  • Otherwise, regular and expedited tracks cost: 720 KD (60 KD per session).
  • If we decide on a package of sessions, you will need to pay your invoice in full prior to our first call.
  • If we decide on a monthly retainer arrangement, please process the payment on the 1st of each month.
  • Pre-paid session work never expires. If you decide to pause session work before we’ve completed the number of sessions you’ve paid for, you’ll be able to use them at a later date.
  • I accept payments through PayPal, bank transfer, and Upayment.
  • Please budget for this investment.
  • I do not accept late payments. Please make certain funds are available.

The aim of a coaching relationship is a dynamic forward moving energy as client and coach focus positively on the client’s own goals and visions. 

WHAT IS COACHING?

Coaching is a co-creative relationship.

There’s no authority figure – no dependence.

Both the client and the coach use all their knowledge, experience, skills, and intuition to problem solve on the client’s behalf.

As a support system, coaching provides the client with:

  • An accountability partner
  • Safe opportunities for meaningful dialogue
  • New perspectives and expanded options
  • Inspiration and motivation
  • Potential solutions
  • Next steps and strategies for a balanced future

Coaching is an investment, not a necessity.

Nobody needs coaching.

However, anyone can benefit from coaching if they choose it for themselves. This requires understanding the relationship between client and coach as co-creators.

Coaching becomes successful when clients show up to sessions intending to expand their awareness regarding a particular agenda they have set beforehand.

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