Mental health is an ever growing concern with PhD students and the increasing demands on them. Thankfully more and more grad students are opening up about their mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and tackling them, but today I just wanted to talk about PhD guilt. Looking back over my four years in […]Read More Is the PhD journey just one long guilt trip?
I have kissed goodbye to those long days in the lab as a PhD student, which at the moment I am SO grateful about! Why? Well, I’m not gunna lie but those last few weeks, months perhaps, were tough! I worked my ass off to finish everything up in time for me to leave the […]Read More A day in the life of a PhD student. The Final Year edition.
My time left as a PhD student is in the series of months now. Months! Not years! Months! I don’t know where the time has gone. It feels like only yesterday that I was only half way through and still had 2 years’ worth of research to go. But as well as finishing up in […]Read More Pondering life after the PhD
My time as a PhD student is ticking away. It’s ticking away far quicker than I want it to be. It seems like only last week that I was writing and preparing my previous update at 8 months to go back in January. Now, the thesis submission deadline is at just 6 months! So, I […]Read More A PhD update: 6 months to go
Embarking on the PhD journey comes with it’s challenges. It will push you physically, emotionally and mentally! But unless you’re lucky enough not to be on the most basic of PhD stipends, then it can stretch you financially too! Especially if, like me, you only get paid every 3 months! . Surviving on a stipend […]Read More How to earn some extra $$ during your PhD
It’s 2018! I’m sure each and everyone of you is very aware of that but that means one thing for me! I finish my PhD this year! . I still don’t think that it has sunk in that I am a final year PhD student and I’ve been working on my project for 3 and […]Read More A PhD update: 8 months to go
Doing a PhD is tough! Embarking on a journey that is going to consume the next three or four years of your life at least can be daunting. With only the finishing line as any sort of measurement of how you’re doing & because a PhD largely involves self directed learning – self management is […]Read More PhDLife. Staying Organised & Learning to Juggle.
Happy New Year science lovers! *** New Year, time for a New You, right? As we ring in the new year, a lot of us make New Years Resolutions to try and better ourselves over the next 365 days. But most of those are long forgotten memories or thrown away ideas by the time January […]Read More Hello 2018: Setting New Goals
Wow! What a year 2017 has been for me! With only a few days left of the year and us all now being stuck in that awkward stage between Christmas and New Year, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take a look back and reflect on what I have achieved this year […]Read More Looking back at 2017
As a bit of festive science fun this year, I set you TWO challenges in a previous blog post and in an Instagram post! Challenge 1 was to come up with your own science inspired Christmas Carol & Challenge 2 was to show me your Christmas lab decorations – and I have not been disappointed. […]Read More Science Christmas Challenge 2017 – The Winners