Where do you start with summing up your research? And how do you ‘squeeze’ it all in 80,000 words (give or take the 10%)? And more importantly, how successful can a change of scope be when your chosen subject has all turned upside down? During the hard, stressed and unproductive times of conducting fieldwork, I… Continue reading On natural disasters and traumatic PhDs
I best start by introducing myself. I am a 23-year-old proud Fifer who has made the ultimate leap to leave Scotland to go searching for her best PhD option. Throughout school I was always the quiet girl in classes that received below average grades – making me think that university would never be possible. With… Continue reading Anxious people can do PhD life too!
Ariane Critchley, PhD Candidate in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh and Lecturer in Social Work at Edinburgh Napier University Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @arianecritchley 17th January 2019 Who do you think you are? As the Spice Girls limber up for a stadium tour this summer, it feels like a good time to try to… Continue reading Who do you think you are?
Breathless after my walk home from ‘work’ at an altitude of almost half way up Mount Everest, I sat down on the edge of my bed and looked at myself in the mirror. I looked tired: my face drained of colour, the bags under my eyes pulling on the skin, and my lips chaffed and… Continue reading Stresses on the Tresses: Fieldwork, Hair Loss and PhD Struggles
My PhD is not the main priority in my life. That is a statement I am very proud to make and one that I think can be all too often lacking when I speak to fellow researchers on this journey. Why can I make this statement so confidently? It’s because I am a part-time student… Continue reading A marathon not a sprint: The benefits of a part-time PhD
I’ve spent the last two months on a study interruption due to poor mental health. Initiating it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make; the feeling of total surrender to try and regain control. I think it’s important for me to clarify; I love my PhD and I have a fantastic supervisor… Continue reading Week 52: Dear you, dear me.
Being the final blog post of 2018 is a strange sensation, as everyone focusses so much on both the year that has passed and the festivities to come. This was the year I finished my PhD – a hand in in September, a viva in December and here I am now, poised on the brink of… Continue reading Week 51: Thoughts from the finish line