So... I got in my phD program! I got the email yesterday morning and my application was accepted! I really cried! In June I'll still have to do a few bureaucratic crap but I'm in! From June 2nd I'll be officially a phD student!
Now, the only thing missing is my scholarship... I still have to wait until August to find out. Fingers cross!
Okay so the iPad is already paying for itself. (We're still fighting through yesterday's not-so-great feelings, but we're gritting through.) I remembered I had a cybersecurity training so I did that today, and now I'm diving into the Summer Study Plan.
Having such a productive day today! Finished the first draft of my research proposal and my cover letter, submitted a job application, and finally took care of some admin I've been meaning to get to. Hoping to finalise my cv before the end of the day.
Well this post didn't quite go to plan haha. Messed up the draft and then somehow posted it, thank gods for the edit feature. I've been taking a few days off to rest before I start studying for my qualifying exam, but that ends Monday and I get back to it! So i took the time today to set up my planner for the week.
Let’s talk about courses! Do PhD students still have to take classes? The answer is yes! Yes, we do! As a PhD student you’re part of the Graduate School at your uni. But what does that mean? Well, it means a lot of things but the main part are the graduate courses. During your PhD you’ll need to take classes, but those classes are not your typical subject classes. They’re indeed classes to help you grow within your degree and equip you with all the skills needed to be a successful researcher. I love doing those courses! I learn new skills and can refresh some of my old skills! Plus some of your skills that you learn in undergrad and masters can be different to PhD skills, if you believe it or not.
I'm SO happy i finally got confirmation I won a scholarship to do a PhD at Falmouth University this September! I got it with my own proposal which is about esports and gender, my dream topic of the last 4 years.
I can't wait, I'm actually already reading materials for it. I've had an honest conversation with my future supervisor today about my circumstances and he's SO nice omg I can't belive my luck. Having been in a PhD programme before and with a bully supervisor... this means the world to me. It's my career goal to do a PhD and work in academia.
I can't believe how happy I am, in comparison to last year when I had a horrible break down and burn out due to that experience. 2021 is now a really good year for me.
Just your daily reminder! I started to put all my feedback and milestones and tasks in a notebook so that I have everything in the same place and can find things easier! This is definitely my lifehack number one. If you’re working on your thesis/essay/dissertation write everything in one place which you can always access easily and have everything there. You can literally use anything you want from notes to notes apps to notebooks to just little sticky notes. Whatever you prefer. Why is this important and useful? Well because you can find information very easily and it can become handy when you’re stuck. If you are going to try it, let me know how it goes for you! :)
I got my first dose of covid19 vaccine today! I was so thrilled. The process went smoothly and the shot doesn’t really hurt. The only after effect I got was sleepiness few hours after the shot. But, I don’t want to push myself too far so I just take a rest during the day. At night, I read one journal and learn few mandarin words.
I was right when I predicted that the first week back from our holiday would be manic... and it’s only Tuesday! Well, almost Wednesday, which also supports my previous statement; no-one should be working this late! 🌛
This week, I am mainly focusing on preparing everything for the one day service reservoir webinar that I am hosting next week... Excitement is currently the overriding emotion, albeit mixed in with touches of sheer terror, which the prospect of the event also at times induces. Eek!
The other thing that I should be focusing on is, ya know, writing my thesis. One hurdle at a time I guess. 📚
On that note, I should probably get some rest.
Thank you to the 870+ of you that for whatever reason choose to read the stuff I post. ❤ Enjoy an accurate photo/meme comparison of me from today...
Photo: If today was a mood. Source: Phone camera and the internet.
Today is another exhausting day! I start the day by planning my day. I got 2 errands to do in the city which consumed around 3 hours of my time. Before start doing my work, I spend 1 hour to organise my new stickers and to put aside some stickers for my friend. In term of work, I managed to read 5 journals with 2 journals already wrote into obsidian. Now I feel like my brain is leaking.
Please bear in mind that I’m studying in the UK, so I am only giving you an insight what the 1+3 programme looks like here. More importantly, I can’t guarantee that this type of programme will be available/similar in other countries/universities. PROS
🔹You get to learn a bunch of techniques and optimise conditions of your assays
🔹Get to know the lab and your teammates better
🔹The teaching aspect of the course makes it a smoother transition between being in a taught degree to full time research
🔹You get a masters degree after your first year
🔸If you already have a masters degree before starting your PhD, some of the taught content of the course will overlap with what you have previously studied and may take time away from research
🔸In the first year you are officially enrolled as a masters student, rather than a PhD researcher, which means you won’t have as much freedom and you can’t work in the lab unsupervised or work ‘out of hours’
🔸As part of the MRes year, you will need to submit at least one thesis and/or other written assignments, which creates a lot of deadlines that need to be met and that could interfere with you lab work
Have you done a 1+3? Or maybe you’re applying to a programme like this? What are your thoughts?
If you have any specific questions regarding the programme, let me know!