Positivity/motivation

The PhD – looking back as a postdoc

The PhD – looking back as a postdoc

It wasn’t long ago that I finished my PhD. I vividly remember the moment that the binders handed back my final (not final final..just for hand-in) printed and bound version. The feeling of elation that I had completed the journey and was ready to provide written proof that I have trained sufficiently as an independent researcher. The feeling of relief that I am free from the long hours, long days, constant thought about experiments, data, analysis and presentations, the worry about not making enough progress, the ever-present imposter syndrome too. The relief was relatively short lived, and these things seemed …

I did it! #CardiffGrad

I did it! #CardiffGrad

Lets set the scene a bit for a moment before I run into the main point of this post. I’m an ordinary person, fairly average academically. I had good GCSE results, and admittedly, very disappointing A-level results (post-16 year old exams in Wales (for those reading outside of the UK)). But 12 years ago, I managed to get on to my first choice university course; Human Biology at the University of the West of England. One semester in, I really wanted the opportunity to experience microbiology and immunology as I was not a big fan of the anatomy/physiology conent of …

Some things to do (and avoid doing) during your PhD

Pursuing a postgraduate degree is a huge undertaking, particularly at the level of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D). It is a long commitment and huge expectations lie with those that are fortunate enough to be accepted onto one. Many people go through years of education; school, then undergraduate degree, then onto a PhD either via a masters, industrial expecience, or for some high ahievers, directly after their bachelor’s degree. Does this prepare them sufficiently? Are they mature enough/ready to do a PhD. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Life experience is really important, as well as maturity and passion for wanting to pursue …