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Today: read a book from 1913 about how only children get physiological problems. Transcribed interview with healthy 99 year old only child. HISTORY.

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The First Board: Not A Survival Guide

I say it’s not a survival guide because there really wasn’t much to survive.  At least now I don’t have to worry about future boards because I know that unless I just completely stop working or produce a horrendous paper, it’s going to be OK.  Let this be a reassurance to future PhDs, or those who haven’t had their boards yet.  This post is a mixture of reflection and advice.

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In Defence of the First Year

I’ve been let down a couple of times this week, simply because I only started my PhD in October.  I couldn’t go on a teaching course for people who aren’t teaching yet because it’s only for second years and upwards (even though by the time it comes around in second year I might already be teaching anyway), and I wasn’t given the travel funding I really wanted because I’m not in second or third year (the form stated they ‘usually’ give it to second and third years.  Problematic, as I will explain, but worth a shot, right?).  I don’t think this is OK.

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Life after PhD?

This week, I’m mostly pondering my feelings about what I’m going to do after this PhD.  It’s a long way off, but I went to a careers event this week that sent my head into a bit of a spin.

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Imposter Syndrome, and other stories

So, more things were going to happen this week, but then they didn’t because of strikes.  In both cases I support the strikes (London Underground and university staff) but I have less to write about than I planned.  I did, however, go to an enlightening talk on imposter syndome and do/read a couple of interesting things, so I’ll blog about those.

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