The Physical Issues You Didn’t Know You Were At Risk Of When Pushing To Finish Your PhD

** In Collaboration** It’s no secret to any student that studying for a PhD can take a severe toll on mental health. The psychological struggles of students have been coming to the fore for years now, and they’re finally getting the attention they deserve. Go figure that high-stress levels and insane workloads are making people pretty miserable. The chances are […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Stormy, organizational behavior PhD student

Hi, I’m Stormy Sweitzer, a second-year PhD student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Though my degree is in organizational behavior, my primary research interest is in the phenomenon of wonder and its implications for organizational life. I also study how the complex virtual and in-real-life social dynamics of activity-centric communities foster inclusion, organization, and interpersonal connection. My […]

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The Year Countdown

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my post the other day about how it is officially a year until my PhD is due to be completed. Although hitting the year count down is stressful, as it feels that I have a minimum 47 years worth of work left, it has also given me motivation (& is […]

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‘Time Blocking’ is my new friend

I am 1 and a half years into my PhD, which technically means i’m half way, although with the amount of work I have to do it definitely does not feel like that. Due to time going so quickly, and me being lucky enough to get the opportunity to teach this semester, whilst also maintaining my other volunteer roles, my […]

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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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‘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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