Post PhD submission boredom

I was warned by my supervisors that submitting a PhD is a big life adjustment… in a positive way, but nonetheless still an adjustment. You go from spending a ridiculous amount of time thinking about your PhD or feeling guilty for not thinking about your PhD, to not having to think about your PhD at all. I had two weeks of marking left when I submitted my PhD (on top of my full time job) so I think that was a good way to wean myself off of the 16+ hour work days. However, my supervisors were definitely right, it is a big adjustment. I have never been particularly good at being bored, my partner actually said “I think the one thing you are terrible at is being bored” and it has been a really long time since I have experienced guilt free boredom.  It is an odd and confusing feeling between submission and defense because you cannot fully relax (as there is still lots of PhD to do) but you are also free to relax. I am still working through these feelings and have so far realised a few key points;  Be kind to yourself- you have just submitted a PhD- be kind to your mind and body. Sit with your boredom-I have found that it is important to just sit with your boredom and get yourself used to the feeling of not having anything. You will be exhausted- […]

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Featured day in the life of; Parmida, Psychology PhD Student

Hi! I’m Parmida and I’m a final year PhD student in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University (UK). I have a BSc (Honours) in Psychology and MSc in Developmental Psychology. My PhD research is focused around children’s education development, specifically investigating how parents perceive home numeracy learning experiences of their primary/elementary school aged children. I’ve developed a new research tool to […]

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Favourites; Viva prep cards

My university is one of the first in Australia to introduce the verbal defence (Viva) aspect of the thesis, meaning that my PhD experience is more like many other countries in the world. My Viva is likely to be at the end of January / start of February, which is terrifying as it is only a month away now. A […]

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Featured day in the life of: Jordan, PhD candidate in human factors.

Hi everyone! My name is Jordan Rogers and I’m a PhD Candidate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. My degree is in Human Factors which is a blend of psychology and engineering and centers around informing product and system design through understanding human limitations and capabilities. My research and career interests involve optimizing medical device design and healthcare […]

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Did I sell my soul?

If you are a regular to my blog and/or Instagram page you may know that I started working in the industry as a project manager for a marketing and social research company. Recently when I meet people and tell them what I am doing now people jokingly say “oh you sold your soul and went into marketing”. This doesn’t offend […]

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Weird aspects of academia

Academia is such a weird place, filled with weird traditions, weird rules, and weird experiences…. Like the fact that not only do you not get paid when you publish an article, you actually have to pay to get it published. Like the fact that you get employed by a university and often a key aspect of your job is winning […]

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