Posts Tagged With: Academia

#15. The joys of PhD

After hitting the “publish” button for my last post on the long and winding road to PhD, I went back to re-read it…and then got depressed. And as if exactly on cue, a friend on Facebook echoed what was going on in my mind – “kind of depressing”…uh oh. Did I just turn my soap box into a source of depressing information…argh – so. not. my. intention. If there is one thing that is so annoying, its parents who whine and complain about how much they hate parenting and then bookend their rant and rave with “but I really adore my kids, I wouldn’t trade them in for anything”….I am usually thinking, by the sounds of it, you would. I feel like I have become one of those whiny parents vis a vis PhD. holding. face. in. shame.

While I can’t redeem myself from that post, I can balance out some of our experiences. Here’s my top 10 list of the joys of PhD…YES believe me the list is endless, but why share all the love today? I’ll save some for later…

#10. I spend most of my day in my pyjamas

Dr. D will probably not approve of this ‘joy’, he is of the old school of thought that requires that you shower the minute you get out of bed. And while I probably try to take said shower before noon, I often resort right back to comfy clothes – read, pyjamas. Now, before you jump to the conclusion that pyjamas = laziness, I’ll have you know that some of the most creative thought processes emerge from a pyjama-state-of-wardrobe. Unless I have to go out into the real world and interact with other human beings, comfort rules… Continue reading

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#11. 10 Things I remember from the first year of PhD

As a maturing third year PhD student, sorry, PhD candidate…(clearly I am getting quite cozy in this title-driven academic society 😉 ) I wanted to share some reflections from around this time a couple of years ago when I was a first year. Hard to imagine that time flies so fast. I hope this post will inspire future PhD students or encourage current peeps trying to get through first year. I’ll preface this by saying that our program is in theory four years long…

10. The welcome speech

It was a beautiful sunny September afternoon, and the department gathered to welcome us fresh first year PhD students. It felt like wow! Look at what we have achieved…I am doing my PhD! I literally felt like a rockstar and I know my mum told everyone she knows ad nauseum that her daughter was starting her PhD. Of course no welcome event is complete without a welcome speech. And here came the first bomb. I can’t remember whether it was the program coordinator OR the program director…their first (of many eventually successful) attempt (s) to burst our bubble came in the form of a statistic – ‘Although our program is four years, the National average for doing a PhD in Canada is 7 years’. Really. Thanks for not having displayed that in bold colours on the application page. Little did we know that this was just the beginning… Continue reading

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