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Feeling alone, frustrated, confused? Thinking of throwing in the towel? Founded on the belief that you can realize your dream of becoming a doctor with your sanity, health, and relationships intact, the Happy Doc Student Podcast delivers weekly inspiration through academic wisdom and esoteric insight. It's no secret the doctoral journey is a difficult one, but you're not alone; join us and put more JOY in your journey!

Happy Doc Student Podcast Heather Frederick, PhD

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 62 Ratings

Feeling alone, frustrated, confused? Thinking of throwing in the towel? Founded on the belief that you can realize your dream of becoming a doctor with your sanity, health, and relationships intact, the Happy Doc Student Podcast delivers weekly inspiration through academic wisdom and esoteric insight. It's no secret the doctoral journey is a difficult one, but you're not alone; join us and put more JOY in your journey!

    #77 Why (and How) to Pursue a Doctoral Degree with Dr. Jennifer Ducko

    #77 Why (and How) to Pursue a Doctoral Degree with Dr. Jennifer Ducko

    Dr. Jennifer Ducko has been sharing her passion for nursing for nearly 40 years. She is a graduate of the Florence Nightingale school of nursing in London, England, and received her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from Walden University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Aspen University. In this episode,  we discuss her journey and the transformational nature of the doctoral degree. 
    Highlights:
    1.    Even if you are great at what you do, formal education can significantly and positively impact you and your work.
    2.    Adopt an open mindset when considering a doctoral program – Is it possible that you just don’t know what you don’t know?
    3.    Do your research! Make sure your program fits your long-term goals.
    4.    If you let it, formal education can transform you on a personal level – why not get as much out of the experience as you can and use it as a mechanism to go from GOOD to GREAT!
    5.    Support is critical – you will need a tribe (see episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/9727132 and https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8234175) 
    6.    Breaks can be a good thing – know yourself and do what you need to take care of YOU! (and listen to: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/6988105)
    7.    Communication is imperative – if something seems off or isn’t going as planned communicate this to your faculty. 
    8.    You must be able to advocate for yourself – a doctoral program often presents with unique challenges, and you must be able to advocate for yourself, when needed.
    9.    Know your WHY and keep your eyes on the prize. This is a marathon, not a sprint. If your why changes and it’s in your best interest to stop your program, listen to this episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8016142.
    10. If you are thinking about going back to school, listen to: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/8609514.
     Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732

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    • 27 min
    #76 Talking Diversity, Inclusion, and Creating Safe Spaces + Some Chicano Grad School Horror Stories with Dr. William "Memo" Nericcio

    #76 Talking Diversity, Inclusion, and Creating Safe Spaces + Some Chicano Grad School Horror Stories with Dr. William "Memo" Nericcio

    Watch this episode as a YouTube here: https://youtu.be/vNJNarjYq7I
     
    In this episode Dr. William “Memo” Nericcio shares his story as a Chicano attending a PhD program non the East Coast and shares tips on how to be a survivor (and how to help others survive).
    Highlights:
    1.     Support from peers is imperative – what happens outside your courses may be just as important to your completion as what happens in your courses.
    2.    You have an identity outside graduate school – BUT solidarity with your FIELD is what is going to be important to your survival. 
    3.    Don’t turn your suffering into an epic story; most people in a doctoral program, at some point, deal with feelings of self-doubt, not feeling welcome, etc. 
    4.    Don’t apologize for being intellectual – embrace it and use that as common ground to relate to your peers as “mates” (strategic essentialism).
    5.    The University is part of the problem  - but doesn’t need to be.
    6.    As faculty/administrators supporting students from diverse backgrounds: 
    ·      Be dedicated to bringing the next generation of intellects to the party; be the ladder
    ·      Make an effort to encourage a social dimension to the relationship
    ·      Be brave and be authentic
    ·      Let them know it is safe to be human
    ·      Be respectful and move slowly with care, sensitivity, and kindness
    ·      Reveal your humility 
    ·      Students first; guild second
    Connect with Memo
    https://www.facebook.com/william.nericcio
    https://twitter.com/eyegiene
    http://eyegiene.tumblr.com
    https://vimeo.com/textmex
    https://malas.sdsu.edu/textmex/
    https://www.instagram.com/william.nericcio
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nericcio/
     "corporate site" for MALAS: http://curiosity.sdsu.edu
     home site for MALAS: http://malas.sdsu.edu
     Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732

    Other resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com 
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    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732Audible here: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B09ZD57BB6&source_code=ASSORAP0511160006&share_location=pdp 

    • 37 min
    #75 Find Freedom through EFT with Ann Hince

    #75 Find Freedom through EFT with Ann Hince

    YouTube of this episode: https://youtu.be/jqBFydfvYFY

    Ann Hince shares how EFT/Tapping can help you find freedom from any emotion that is holding you back – whether that is stress, fear, frustration, or anxiety. 
    Highlights: 
    1.    Have you ever considered that your past may be holding you back?
    2.    Situations that naturally occur during doctoral programs often trigger historic emotional experiences.
    3.    EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique (also called “tapping”) and was created by Gary Craig.
    4.    EFT/Tapping is a way to release the energy of emotions that reside in our physical bodies; releasing this energy gives you the freedom to be who you were meant to be.
    5.    Think of EFT/Tapping as a way to release STRESS.
    6.    It is easy to learn (see videos below) and involves using words while tapping on certain meridian points.
    7.    EFT/Tapping provides feedback; listen to the sound of your voice to determine when the energy is released. 
    8.    Be patient. You will need to work in layers, as you release one memory or emotion a new one will likely appear.
    9.    Don’t be fooled by its simplicity – try it and see for yourself.
    10.  This method, is a great way to move from reaction to thoughtful response. 
     
    Connect with Ann 
    Website: https://annhince.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnHinceWisdom
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTc4hb7ZKvih1LlRHK0cUjg
    EFT Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR73ely3K7o
    Feeling your Feelings Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKdYIaOedmE
    Book: A Pathway to Insight https://amzn.to/3qnk4PO

    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732

    Other resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com 
    Support this free content by treating Heather to a yummy green tea: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/expandyourhappy
     
    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732Audible here: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B09ZD57BB6&source_code=ASSORAP0511160006&share_location=pdp 

    • 24 min
    #74 Gifts not Goals: A New Way to Think about Change with Jill Thiry, MBA

    #74 Gifts not Goals: A New Way to Think about Change with Jill Thiry, MBA

    What is more important in your life than your health and wellness?
    Jill Thiry obtained her MBA from the University of San Francisco and spent decades in high-tech publishing. 9/11 and a transformative week-long stay at Rancho La Puerta in 2002 changed everything. Her work has evolved into an 8-step process that allows you to create easily identified tasks in a way that ensures desired change. Club Change is a place where participants support each another in making the necessary choices to enhance their bodies, minds, spirits, and communities. 
    Highlights: 
    1.    Life is precious – each moment, each breath and we have the opportunity to choose what we are bringing into our lives 
    2.    Be conscious of your choices – Just like it’s OK to say YES to new things, it’s OK to say NO, too! 
    3.    Ask: What is more important than my health and wellness?
    4.    Self-care is not selfish! The more people who practice self-care the more beautiful our world will be. 
    5.    Self-care is a time saver (I know, it sounds counterintuitive to “add” something to your already busy schedule BUT try it – you will get more done).
    6.    Language is important – not “should” but “I get to” and not “busy” but “full” and not “could” but “will” not “goal” but “gift.”
    7.    Set an alarm at night that signals you to UNPLUG
    8.    Start by picking ONE thing you can change that will contribute to your wholeness (exercise starts at about the 14-minute mark)
    9.    8 Steps: Show up for yourself, Think about it, Write it Done, Envision, Choose, Practice, Track, Share
    10. To create your practice fill in this sentence: I will [practice here] for a minimum of [minutes here] for [number here] times this week.
    11. Keywords: Kind and achievable (don’t use gray area words – like “more” or “healthier” – be CLEAR on what you are choosing).
    12. Ask yourself why you make the choices you do.
    13. When you are whole and centered you are STRONGER in ALL aspects of life: school, family/friends, career, etc. 
    There is nowhere to go but here – and it’s perfect it as it is!
    Connect with Jill
    https://www.facebook.com/ClubChangeNow
    http://jillthiry.com
    Get a 10% discount by following these steps:
    1.     Send Jill an email at jillthiry7@gmail.com  with HAPPYDOC in the subject line. Jill’s team will then manually add you to the class roster and provide you with your discount.   
    2.     Then contribute the discounted amount via the PayPal Button "Contribute Here” on this page: https://jillthiry.com/reserve-a-class
     
    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732

    Other resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com 
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    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732Audible here: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B09ZD57BB6&source_code=ASSORAP0511160006&share_location=pdp 

    • 32 min
    #73 Dissertation Wisdom with Dr. Michelle Whitman

    #73 Dissertation Wisdom with Dr. Michelle Whitman

    Learn tips, tricks, and techniques for transitioning from coursework to capstone project.
    Dr. Michelle Whitman holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and her research interests include servant leadership and teacher efficacy. 
    Not sure of a topic area? Listen to https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/9065397 
    Highlights:
    1.    Read, read, read in your topic area because it takes time to become an expert (and you MUST be an expert at your oral defense) - the sooner the better!
    2.    Use every opportunity in every course to engage with your general area – you will prevent a commonly rocky shift from coursework to capstone research
    3.    Look for meta-analyses or systematic literature reviews in your area – these will give you amazing breadcrumb trails to follow
    4.    Know who the key leaders are in your field and follow them
    5.    Keep CURRENT in the research – most of your articles should be recent (find out what “recent” means to your chair/institution – 5-7 years is typical)
    6.    Adopt an organizational system now (so you can easily access an important article when you are writing your literature review) - this is a huge time saver!
    7.    Pay attention to (and take note of): Theories in your area AND suggestions for future research - this is a great way to find an idea for your capstone
    8.    Remember your dissertation/doctoral project needs to be feasible – take cues from your committee, who will help you narrow it down to something doable
    9.    Find a peer or recent graduate and make them a part of your tribe
    10. Remember: You are NOT alone. You can do this! And if you still aren’t so sure about that, get The Happy Doc Student Handbook and work through the “I think I want to stop” exercise. Get the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732
    Connect with Michelle:
    Twitter @ShellyWhitman3
    IG @webwhitman711
    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732

    Other resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com 
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    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732Audible here: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B09ZD57BB6&source_code=ASSORAP0511160006&share_location=pdp 

    • 28 min
    #72 It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint with Dr. Vanessa Corcoran

    #72 It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint with Dr. Vanessa Corcoran

    Vanessa Corcoran earned her Ph.D. in medieval history from The Catholic University of America and is currently an advising dean at Georgetown University.
    In this episode we discuss her new book: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint: My Road to the Marathon and Ph.D.
    Topics include: 
    1.     Understanding the intricacies of a doctoral program
    2.     Recognizing when the voice of doubt is more than imposter syndrome
    3.     The importance of prioritizing mental health
    4.     Building a network that will support you
    5.     The role of “rest days”
    Connect with Vanessa
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanessa.taylor.967
    IG/Twitter: @VRCinDC
    Get Vanessa’s book here: https://amzn.to/3NyKHvm
    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732

    Other resources available at: http://Expandyourhappy.com 
    Support this free content by treating Heather to a yummy green tea: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/expandyourhappy




    Get The Happy Doc Student Handbook on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578333732Audible here: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B09ZD57BB6&source_code=ASSORAP0511160006&share_location=pdp 

    • 33 min

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MindOverMatters ,

Privilege and a Pleasure

Big thank you to Dr. Frederick for having me as guest on this terrific show. Her own insightful questions and comments, and gracious manner, allowed me to contribute to the well being of her audience for students. Thank you for doing this Dr. Frederick!

Dr Vernon Czelusniak ,

Altus Tendo - Reaching Higher

This Podcast is such a tremendous blessing to doctoral students. I provides some very practical techniques, processes and information on how to navigate the doctoral journey. I have included the podcasts in our doctoral resources page and provide it to our newly registered doctoral students. Heather has really done a phenomenal job on these Podcasts for our doctoral students.

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This podcast provides a balance of practical tips for doc students & instructors as well as self care ideas & compassion.

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