The dissertation is more than an academic hurdle. For most doctoral students it is emotional - it's about conquering fear, demonstrating competence, and transforming from student to professional. These high stakes can paralyze even the most capable students. GradHacker Stephanie Hedge describes how she went from worrying about the dissertation to loving it. You may not come to love writing your dissertation, but these tips will make you feel better about the process. My favorite nugget of wisdom: "It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be done." Well said.