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