Surviving Your Honours Year
Honours is a state of flux. You’re either honing skills in research, initiative, and commitment in order to appeal to potential employers, or you’re fostering relationships, good impressions, and connections with potential PhD supervisors. Hanging over your head the whole time is the knowledge that, ultimately, if all goes to plan, someone will eventually need […]
PhD Self-Care Project: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
In an earlier post, I’ve reflected on feeling like an imposter among my peers. I have recently realised that, in committing to self-care, I need to stop myself from being stuck in a rut by unceasingly comparing myself to others. Indeed, that is easier said than done. I have trawled through books and articles and […]
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PhD Self-Care Project: Why Do I Want a PhD?
I have spent the first half of my candidature trying to survive the work that I was doing, instead of enjoying it. The goal now is to stop dreading the work and start enjoying it, including the countless drafts to be re-written, the jitters at each conference presentation to be delivered, the frequent bouts of insecurity […]
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Re-committing to a Healthy Postgraduate Life
Last month I was given the opportunity to contribute to the Instagram account (@uofastudentwellbeing) by covering the various activities organized by the University’s Student Health and Wellbeing Team for O Week. The entire week was packed with fantastic games and provided plenty of health tips! Each day of the week focused on different aspects of […]
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PhD Students Reminding Themselves Not to Quit
Doctoral research can be very isolating at times, even when your research is part of a collaborative team. There are periods when you just have to sit down and write. Sometimes these periods are for weeks and months. I usually welcome some peaceful and solitary time by myself. Maybe it’s because I am at the […]
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Managing a Supervisor Relationship
When you’re an Honours or postgraduate student, your supervisor is often a lifeline, holding your back from the brink of academic panic. Depending on the relationship you have with them, they can become both a confidante and a taskmaster.
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What’s it Like Being a Postgraduate?
Four years of undergraduate whizzed by. Before I knew it, I was clutching a parchment proclaiming my achievement—Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Writing—after successfully not tripping in front of hundreds of people. Everything inside me rebelled against graduating and going out into the real world, so I took the only logical path left for a desperate […]
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