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How to ease back into the New Year

Going back to studying, working, or researching (or a combination of all three if you are a PhD student like me) after the silly season can be hard. You will most likely still be in holiday mode and procrastination will be inevitable. However, there is much to do and having 10 coffee breaks before lunch will unfortunately not help you […]

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Road Trip Playlist

There are few things required to make a road trip adventure successful; good company, good locations, good snacks, and of course good music. So for some inspiration here are some of the songs that were played on my recent great ocean road trip. Old Pine- Ben Howard Drops of Jupiter- Train I’ll be there for you- The Rembrandts Little talks- […]

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‘Must-take’ Conference Items

This is a check list of my ‘must-take’ conference items. This list is for the conference itself not the entire trip (if you are travelling for a conference). 1) A water bottle- I do not leave the house without a water bottle, so this is an obvious choice for me. Although most conferences will provide water, having your own bottle is easier and means less plastic cups (better for the environment!). 2) Back up snack- Again you generally are provided with food at conferences, however taking back up snacks is a good safety net (in case you do not like the food provided, or like me, you have dietary requirements). 3) Paper/pen- You most likely will not take detailed notes like you would (or should) in a undergraduate lecture, but the talks may inspire you or discuss something you haven’t heard of before and that you want to remember. 4) A smile- Cliché yes, but necessary also. 5) Business cards- Which is something I actually did not take. As a first year PhD student it did not even occur to me that I should have business cards, they feel way too professional! However, I was asked multiple times for a card so I have learnt my lesson. 6) Laptop- There are many breaks throughout the day when you can sneak 10 minutes to reply to emails, or even finish a small task. 7) Layered clothing- No matter what the season or […]

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