Dissertation defense horror storieswhen you practice the steps here, you will be one of the few new “doctors” who does not have a defense horror story. and he confessed he kept losing sleep thinking (“panicking”) about his defense.
Dissertation Advisor Horror Stories — Academic Ladderhe kept asking me questions about the required defense powerpoint and sent me loads of articles on defense advice. apparently the advisor was, but she apparently also felt compelled to re-voice all her objections again, during the defense.
you don’t want to get to a defense where your super-nice advisor then defers to the one highly critical member of your dissertation committee. at one of the first defenses i attended, the advisor attacked her advisee (with whom she admittedly had some pretty basic disagreements, but this was in a department where the advisors aren't supposed to advance a diss.
i asked a professor friend about his own defense, he told me he had “mercifully forgotten all the details” of his entire dissertation experience. to the defense stage unless they're ready to sign off on it.