It's About Time: Managing the Dissertation Advisor-Advisee Relationship During The Chaos of the End of the Semester Grad student: “I put so much work into this draft! What does she want from me?” Advisor: “How many more times will I have to tell him before he gets it right?” Grad student and advisor: “Aaaaack!” This is a stressful time of year for academics. A friend of mine used to say that we go from "Mad March,” to "Awful April," and then finally to "Mellow May," and “Joyous June.” What makes this season so difficult? Full drafts of theses and dissertations are coming in from this year's graduates Future graduates are preparing dissertation and thesis proposals and beginning to start their research Classes are at their most intense workload for both students and professors. Job talks are ongoing, as are hiring decisions For many, it’s nearing the end of two long semesters, so people are even more depleted than they were in December.