Advice? Only go to graduate school if you can’t imagine yourself doing anything else. Don’t linger over anything you write, especially the dissertation. Get it done and move on. Pick things to study that matter to you. Never pick something just because others think it’s important — you will get depressed and bored working on it and by the time you are done the trend that made it topical in the first place will have passed and you are stuck. For aspiring university professors — you are not their mother or their therapist (this was good advice I got from my dissertation director and I’ve followed it religiously). Don’t overdo it on committee work and service. Instead, do your writing and research — that’s what matters.
Read the rest of her interview at Figure/Ground Communication here.