What Happens After We Die?
I’ve never been a very spiritual person. I don’t believe in the afterlife, or reincarnation, or ghosts, or curses. I’ve more or less made peace with the idea that when we die, that’s it: we’re simply gone. I don’t find that particularly scary (at least, not while I’m still in my early 20s) and, truth […]
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Getting Over Overthinking
Is it just me or have some of you found periods in your life where you’ve gotten into this habit of overthinking things? I find that this mostly happens to me at particularly stressful times. I find that I try to almost forensically pick apart a problem or a situation but get nowhere near a […]
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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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PhD Self-Care Project: Body Awareness Exercise
Our bodies often tense up when we feel stress or when we are feeling anxious about something. One of the first things that I do is acknowledge the feeling and try to identify what the exact feeling is. Is it stress? Is it fear? Is it lack of motivation and procrastination? Normally, I find that […]
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House Mates: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace
Turmoil has engulfed the share house. The duties of dishes are failing in remote house systems. Hoping to resolve the matter with a deadly pile of dirty dishes, the greedy house federation has stopped cleaning all dishes. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the supreme Chancellor has secretly […]
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PhD Self-Care Project: Simple Ways to Be in the Moment
I have written a few pieces now on easy ways to relieve stress. That seems to paint a picture that a PhD student’s life is consumed by stress. It’s not! There are a lot of aspects of this journey I am really enjoying. Also allow me to clarify, stress is not always a bad thing. […]
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It dawned on me recently that the academic year is nearly over, and with it, my time at university. With just a few weeks to go before the whole swotvac rigmarole begins, I’ve been thinking a lot about time and ‘making the most of things’, whatever that really means, because it’s not easy, is it? […]
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PhD Self-Care Project: Simple Stress-Relieving Hacks
Sometimes it’s just one of those particularly stressful days where there is nothing majorly maddening happening but, instead, many small irksome situations, such as an upsetting phone conversation, or an annoying commute to work, or even a pending submission deadline I keep putting off. They add up and can seem too much to handle. Also, […]
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PhD Self-Care Project: Thinking Distortions
Most of us postgraduate students find ourselves caught in particularly stressful periods in our candidature when we’re more susceptible to distorted thinking. These may be around formal milestone dates such as the Major Review and Annual Review, or when we’re waiting for a decision on a journal manuscript or an ethics application we’ve just submitted. […]
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