You might love your PhD. Or you might have been told you are supposed to love your PhD. And love is weird, and complicated. PhDs are messy and complicated. Let’s talk about feelings.
Look, the true answer is ‘probably not’. I’m not being discouraging here, I’m talking about cold hard maths. Here are 10 … More
Some workplaces and research cultures explicitly or implicitly run so that every conversation is actually a battle for airtime, and it’s common to try to sabotage other people’s chances. We should be working towards the exact opposite: energising, authentic, worthwhile, academic conversations. That’s what we love about getting together with our nerd pals.
All of this works because we start doing the work. By not delaying the real work through endless reading and procrastination, we start working towards our end goal, in ways that actually contribute to our goals. That is, we start making words on the page that can be added to and refined until you have enough good enough words to submit a passable PhD thesis.
You don’t get knocked down and bounce back stronger. At least not immediately.
A couple of people in my wider circle have recently asked me about how to get started on a PhD … More
On the one hand, of course a PhD is ‘hard’–as in ‘has a high difficulty setting’ and also ‘is a … More
A post drawn from our new book was published on the Thesis Whisperer blog a fortnight ago. If you want … More
This is, perhaps, one of the biggest questions for many PhD candidates. Candidates know they need to make an ‘original … More
On this blog, and in programs I’m involved in like Thesis Boot Camp and Shut Up and Write, we frequently … More