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3rd year review approaching

Well 3rd year review approaching. I used to be a productive person. But now I just don’t know.



Learn How To Do a PhD, In Just One Easy Step!

Let's Try This "PhD" Thing

Earlier on in my PhD, I developed a bad habit, though I didn’t know it at the time. As well as habitually googling, ‘reasons not to do a PhD’ (although I knew that was a bad idea from the outset), I also tried ‘advice for a PhD student’. Though seemingly harmless, asking the internet this question actually had pretty terrible consequences for a worrier like me.

Every blog post or web page I stumbled upon described, in minute detail, all of the trappings and pitfalls a supervisor, department head, administrative team, piece of lab equipment, software component or even partner could conceivably lay out for you to stumble upon throughout the duration of your studies. Reading these posts was, understandably, a terrifying experience. How on Earth could I insure myself against ALL of these perfectly feasible ordeals? Maybe I should try and delay my enrolment and…

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Competitive Busy-ness

Let's Try This "PhD" Thing

I am flying home to stay with my family.

Naturally, it coincides with a conference (that’s the life of an academic). I have decided to stay with my family from the end of the conference (late- November) until after Christmas. It was kind of annoying the way the dates worked out but I figured that I couldn’t pass off the opportunity to go home, and I will have lots of writing up to be doing, so being away from the lab shouldn’t affect my progress.

When I tell people I am going home for two months, in short: they don’t make me feel great about myself.

“Haha, alright for some!”

“How do you get away with it?”

“I didn’t take a holiday for 4 years when I was doing my PhD!”

They make me feel guilty. Which is ridiculous…I will still be working for the majority of time when I…

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10 Ways To Avoid Discussing Your (Bad) Poster At A Conference

Let's Try This "PhD" Thing

1. Pretend to be deaf.

2. Pretend to be blind. 

3. (If necessary) Pretend to be deaf and blind.

4. Print your poster in various shades of black.

5. Don’t shower.

6. Wear a t-shirt made out of your poster so as to be camouflaged against it.

7. Print your poster in Wingdings.

8. Ensure your mouth is constantly full of food, making “just wait” motions to whoever asks you a question throughout each mouthful, yet replacing said mouthful immediately once it has been swallowed.

9. Print your availability/ contact cards in the format of an extensive Treasure Hunt.

10. Get black-out drunk.

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Horrors of ABD

Success! I think I figured out how to attach the document.

The Horrors of ABD (All But Dissertation)![3]

I love Dr. Bannon’s last sentence in this write-up:

“It seems the most successful doctoral students and intended victims in a horror film have one thing in common, no matter how bleak the outlook they never give up!”

The Horrors of ABD

The Horrors of ABD (All But Dissertation). Yep, I was there for 3 long years!

I was gonna attach the document but hmmm don’t think I can. Well darn!
Oh Well! Here’s the link.