My PhD Story Part 1

From the very start of the dr.ofwhat blog, I have envisioned writing this particularly post. The story of my PhD. I started my PhD in 2016, I was a 22 year old starry-eyed, passionate student. I have always been innately curious, and my desire to find out stuff is what led me to starting my PhD. I was incredibly excited and felt honoured to be paid (I was scholarship funded) to research an area that I was genuinely interested in. I didn’t really have a clear idea about what I wanted to do long term, but academia was the front runner. I was also excited to have that Dr. title (as superficial as that sounds). Aside from all the positive things that I felt about starting my PhD, imposter syndrome was also very high. It did not take me long to identify how much of a steep learning curve this experience was going to be, academically, professionally, and personally.    I was also lucky enough to be starting my PhD with two fellow students who I had grown close to in honours year and I met a fellow conservation psychology researcher in the office. These three girls quickly became an integral part of my life and to date they are still some of my most favourite people. The first year of the PhD was actually a bit of a drag. I started the year so excited and passionate and ready […]

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Post PhD Life Update

It has been a little while since I have provided an update on my life after thesis submission. A lot has been happening, both in my little life, and also in the world (which I am sure you are all across)! It has definitely been an odd time.  As I have written about previously, I quit my role in market […]

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PhD Survival Guide; Tips for overcoming writer’s block when writing an article

Doing a PhD, or working in other academia/science jobs, means lots and lots of writing, including writing scientific articles or manuscript. Despite having almost five years experience of scientific writing I still hit writing blocks frequently.  So these are my tips to overcome it: Do the small stuff first- Make sure you have finished the ‘small stuff’ first and have […]

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Navigating Post PhD Careers; Freelancing work

There are so many post-phd career options out there, but the majority of them fall into the ‘academia bucket’ or the ‘industry bucket’, both of which you work for an organisation and are governed by that organisation’s structure, goals, and entitlements etc. But there is another option…. Freelancing. This is not something that I have personal experience with, however I […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Riley, PhD Candidate studying community ecology

Hi, my name is Riley Lovejoy and I am a PhD candidate studying community ecology at the University of Alabama (USA). My work focuses on aquatic communities, using freshwater plankton as a study system. I am especially interested in the influence of invasive species (those that have been introduced to an area through human transport and have a strong, negative, […]

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