Robin Tellez, Doctoral Student, University of Pheonix

Dear Alison:

On June 4, 2013, I received notification that my dissertation proposal finally received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.  This event transformed my life and my status from “doctoral learner” to “doctoral candidate” allowing me to begin the data collection and analysis for my research study.  The prospect of completing my doctorate degree became a reality…far from when I first contacted you after reading your book “Finish Your Dissertation Once and for All!”

 After reading your book in March 2012, I reached out to you by phone and after listening to my dissertation journey dilemma, you astutely recommended my current dissertation coach, Dr. Kristine Jones.  After just one phone conversation with Dr. Jones (Kris), I felt that I found someone who understood my study, my methodology, and dissertation struggle… attempting the most difficult accomplishment in academia: A doctoral degree.

I am writing this letter to recognize Dr. Jones in her abilities to “meet” me where I was as a lost struggling doctoral learner a year ago.  Through her patient guidance and support on not only how to write, but how to become assertive and make the best of a lonely journey in obtaining a doctoral degree from an online, for-profit university.  Words cannot truly express how she took me under her wing and nurtured my progress to this point…I look forward to her assistance during the rest of the journey…now on to the finish line.