Cause you’ve had a bad day….

… you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around…. I hope you are all singing these words in Daniel Porter’s voice. But in all seriousness, we all experience bad days. Those days where you come home from work/uni and feel like crying, sleeping, punching things, drinking wine (for the adults) or staying in the […]

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New Zealand (Part 2)

The North Island. The north island gets a little bit of a bad wrap sometimes, as most people think the south island is more fun, has nicer landscapes and is where you jump off things. We, however had so much fun up North- maybe even more than the south! Wellington- After a couple of hours on the ferry (which was […]

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How to prepare for a long(ish) presentation.

Oral presentations terrify many of us. Even confident extroverts would often avoid presenting a long speech- but in many subjects, university courses and careers, public speaking is an important component. This is particularly true in academia… I mean we have conference presentation in front of hundreds of people. I already have nightmares about my first conference, although it will probably […]

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How to grapple with criticism

The world of research and academia is critical. Full stop. No ifs or buts… your work will get criticised. The very basis of publication involves ‘peer review’, which is where other researchers in your field provide critical feedback of your work and decide if it should get published. Your proposal will be criticised by panel members. Your drafts are criticised […]

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