Life In Isolation #1

As like most of us around the world, I am currently in self-isolation. Here in Australia we are not yet in official lock down but we are advised to only leave the house for essentials, and most businesses have closed. During these odd and unprecedented times I am going to document a little bit of what I get up to, […]

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Favourites; Tea Tree Range, The Body Shop.

I have been struggling with hormonal / stress induced acne basically throughout the duration of my PhD. I am particularly susceptible to breakouts on my chin. I have tried a lot of different at-home products and in-store treatments to reduce the frequency and length of the break outs. One range that I have recently discovered is the Tea Tree Range […]

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Featured Day in the Life of; Kerrie, PhD student researching Developmental Science

Intro: Hi everyone, my name is Kerrie (Insta: kerrie_phdstudent) and I am a second-year PhD student in Developmental Science at North Dakota State University! I am originally from Michigan and my undergraduate degree was in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. I study healthy eating and body image in adolescents, which is something I have been passionate about for many years! I […]

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How I am preparing for a Viva.

I am in the midst of preparing for my Viva (verbal defence)!  For some context; as I have written in previous blog posts, my University is one of the first in Australia to have a compulsory Viva for all PhD students. I think our process is slightly different to that of other countries, as we get feedback from the reviewers […]

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Featured Day in the Life of; Melissa, PhD student researching Endocrine Disruptors

Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a 2nd year PhD student at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland. I am also an Early Stage Researcher for the EU funded project called Protection against Endocrine Disruptors (ProtectED). Endocrine disruptors are chemicals found in food and the environment that interfere with the way our natural hormones work in our body […]

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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: 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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