Living with Stress
When I submitted my last assignment and sat my last exam a few weeks ago, I naively assumed that my life would suddenly be free from stress. This is sometimes what we to tell ourselves just to get through: that if we study just a little bit longer, if we write just one more paragraph […]
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Christmas: You Either Love it or You Hate It
In my experience, Christmas (if you celebrate it) is one of those things that you either love or you hate. Personally, I love it. I’m deeply passionate about all things Christmas: the food, the movies, the decorations (consumerism wins again), and the time spent with friends and family. It’s something that I look forward to […]
Where to Live ?
As 2019 draws to a close, and I’m as unorganised as ever, I rapidly need to decide on where I’m going to live. Everyone is different, but there are a few key things I want in my accommodation.
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A Tiny Pick-Me-Up Dose mid-PhD
I have been told many, many times that I am wasting my time getting a PhD because I’ll just end up unemployed and poor. It could very well happen, I guess. Still, after being part of the workforce for over a decade, I believe I have a unique skill set that should allow me to […]
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The Trouble with Empathy
Have you ever wondered if you’re a good person? If any of us are truly good people? Recently, I’ve been consuming a lot of Mister Rogers-related media. For those unfamiliar, Fred Rogers was an American television presenter and host of the kids’ series Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001. The show emphasised young […]
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Psychology or Environmental Science? Can I do Both?
I was recently given the task of doing some research on current critical issues surrounding justice, such as the discussion around raising the age of criminal responsibility. The work involved data-gathering but also, more interestingly, it entailed having conversations with many different stakeholders involved in the issue. The points of view were diverse. The approaches […]
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The Problem with Dreaming Big
As kids, we’re told to dream big. We’re told that nothing is impossible, that if we put our minds to it, we can achieve anything. I’m all for encouraging children, but has this message helped us, or hindered us?
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Making the Time to Read
I love to read, but I don’t do it enough. My Goodreads ‘to read’ list continues to grow, my Kindle bookshelf is filled with books waiting to be read, and I often feel like my actual bookshelf is glaring at me, reminding me of how neglectful I’ve been.
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The Mundanity of Travel Plans
I’ve realised something about myself: I love the idea of making travel plans, but the actual planning? Not so much. This dawned on me recently while discussing a potential European summer trip in 2020 with a few friends. We poured over a map and excitedly discussed where might want to go, where we might stay, […]
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House Mates: Episode 4 – The Mystery Sock
It is a period of civil war. House mate socks, coming from the washing machine, are going unidentified and unclaimed throughout the galaxy. Finders of the socks can stop the ‘mismatched sock phenomenon’ and restore peace to the galaxy…
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