Taking stock

Taking Stock As part of #AcWriBloMo, an academic writing blogging month where the aim is to write a blog post a week and to keep it up, I’ve been challenged to write a post about ‘taking stock’.    Milestones This week I finished the first full draft of my PhD thesis. I use the term ‘finished’ loosely,…

Enough

Doing enough fast enough There’s a lot of talk within academia about how the PhD alone is not enough. No. As well as completing an original and rigorous thesis, we are also supposed to gain experience in teaching, administration, and event coordination, have a track record of publications and conference presentations, and have mastered professional…

The PhD ‘Vacation’

Sometimes being a PhD student in world of workers and ‘shirkers’ can be tough at the best of times. With or without funding, an extortionate amount of money is paid for you to ‘attend university’ where you juggle the many demands of conferences, networking, research, writing your thesis, side projects, paperwork, organization, and teaching undergraduates.…

Phd Anxiety

This blog post aims to talk about my own personal experiences and feelings to do with anxiety and low mood as a PhD student trying to get by in the often brutal world of academia. There are no certain ideas here, just some thoughts and questions.   On the one hand, doing a PhD is…