Current Location: Silicon Valley
MA candidate, THISCLOSE to finishing my thesis, so close i could almost shout... but still with a decent amount of work to do.
After a somewhat stagnant several years in my degree (i've been ABT since 2009) i finally kicked my arse in gear this year (unemployment helps) and have finished writing my master's thesis. i sent it to my committee three weeks ago with my advisor's blessing. i thanked them very much for their time in reading this monstrosity, and asked if they could return it by October 1 so I could start on revisions and whatnot to have it into Grad Studies by their Nov 1 deadline.
Today is October 1 and i haven't heard anything from my committee. i'm not panicked (yet), but i'm trying to think ahead on how to deal with this ever-shortening period of time i have if i want to graduate this semester. i haven't been bothering them in the last three weeks... they are very busy folks (one is the chair of my department, the other is C-level staff at my former employer), and i know i am on their lists of Things To Deal With. Plus, i don't want to be a giant bother.
What is the appropriate amount of time for me to panic and politely ask for their status on reading and commenting on my manuscript? The more time elapses, the more concerned i am that they will want major revisions that i won't be able to complete in four weeks. Also, i'm grappling with the ever-present Impostor Syndrome, compounded by the fact that i've languished in ABT land for three years, and practically disappeared for around two years (depression + employment make for bad thesis partners). i've worked really hard over the last nine months to get this thing piled into shape, but still kind of feel like i should be at the bottom of everyone's priority list, and am having trouble asserting myself to be moved up.
Thanks for any advice you can toss my way. There really should be some kind of manual for How To Handle a Thesis Committee, and Impostor Syndrome.