I was simultaneously tasked with writing my dissertation from scratch, continuing laboratory research, and teaching. I needed to complete my dissertation in six months, leading me to feel depressed and overwhelmed. When I searched for dissertation help, many places focused on the writing only and not the underlying challenges inherent in finishing a laboratory-based dissertation. I specifically requested Dr. Curt Preissner because of his laboratory background. He gave me the tools I needed to focus my energy and complete my dissertation on time. One month before the due date, my advisor told me to add a whole new chapter on a new research topic. Armed with skills suggested by Curt, I tackled the new chapter. I was able to submit, defend my dissertation, and respond to the suggested corrections within a week and a half of the original submission. I now have tools that I can use whenever necessary to reduce stress and increase my focus.