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PhD peeps- motivation and the like

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Kuso, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    Thanks! Helped dispel a fair bit of my imposter syndrome...

    Yeah, completing things is a massive productivity killer, isn't it?
     
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  2. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    really? at UCL or at the Modern Record Centre (where the research mostly comes from...)?
     
  3. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    UCL. I'm in STS at 22.
     
  4. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    Being 6 months pregnant and unable to sit at a desk is a bit of a motivation killer too :oops:
     
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  5. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    Two doors down... If you see me, you should say hello! (I'm about 5'8", beard, longish hair. That probably doesn't narrow it down much in a history department mind...)
     
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  6. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    :D:D:D
     
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  7. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    On an otherwise depressing day, this is a just wonderful story

    http://www.vancouversun.com/life/st...tecture+dissertation+with/11037362/story.html
     
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  8. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    Spent a bit of time talking to one of the PhD people today and helping them structure part of their write up.
     
  9. iamwithnail

    iamwithnail Well-Known Member

    8:30 on a bank holiday, writing the 'pivot' for my PhD fieldwork, and doing a peer review. Living the dream. Someone's, anyway. Probably not mine.
     
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  10. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    Ten years after I came up with the idea for it, nine years after I started writing on the subject and three years, two hundred and sixty four days, and eight hours after I began the Ph.D. programme, I have *finally* submitted my doctoral thesis. :D :D :D
     
  11. iamwithnail

    iamwithnail Well-Known Member

    Nice, congratulations!

    On my previous post, I pulled myself together, told my supervisor that's what I was doing, set it up, and am running fieldwork now so have advanced about 90% since that last post, and he thinks it's all good. Still not staying in academia.
     
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  12. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    I'm going to have a crack at job hunting, but not really too bothered to be honest. The subject was billiant to study and you teach yourself so many skills putting a project like that together, so I wouldn't mind going back to my old job (TEFLing) and just using all that to work on any stuff I want to do.
     
  13. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

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  14. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    Well I can't remember the last time I posted on here (and can't be arsed to check). But my hand in day is tomorrow and I need to just get all this out somewhere. Since I started I've had 2 children, my Dad diagnosed with alzheimers, lost a baby, had endless family related weirdness, worked full time and acquired a serious gin habit. But in spite of, or because of, all of that, I'm going to hand in.

    I know it's not over. And it's far from great (I see a discussion chapter rewrite coming my way at least). But it's done.

    What the FUCK do I do with myself now? Its been 10 years of my life (I had 3 full years leave of absence in there). Even when I've been avoiding doing anything (which has been a LOT of the time :D) it's always been taking up head space.

    Shit.
     
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  15. TikkiB

    TikkiB Well-Known Member

    Well done though. Just doing an MA over 2 years nearly broke me and I wasn't having to deal with a fraction of the stuff you have. Proper respect to you.
     
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  16. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    aqua initial elation after submission can progress to a 'shit I have no purpose' slump. Most normal. It's amazing what you can find to fill your time though...
     
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  17. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    And your discussion chapter is fine aqua ;)
     
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  18. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    If anyone in London is up for some #shutupandwrite study buddy sessions I'd be pleased to set some up.
     
  19. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    Sorry I failed to do this. Sept to now has been so crap with personal stuff, dad stuff, family stuff not to mention work shit. I've basically turned into a total recluse :oops:
     
  20. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    Not enough implications stuff and a crap conclusion. Which is kind of fair enough tbh :oops:
     
  21. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    Can you relate more of the conclusions to what support services could be offered, for example?
     
  22. Hollis

    Hollis bloody furious

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  23. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    have tried, its too late now though - bees is giving it one last read then I'm off to bed :cool:
    i
     
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  24. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    Hurrah, it's submission day today :)!!
     
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  25. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    Just finished the first draft of my second findings chapter (of three). Rewarding myself by making a pannetone bread and butter pudding.
     
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  26. Vintage Paw

    Vintage Paw dead stare and computer glare

    Now these are my kind of people. Sadly I'm lagging quite some way behind with only 2 undergraduate degrees, 1 MRes, and an abandoned never-finished PhD. If it was possible to keep doing endless degrees I would. I love the process of learning at that level - not too difficult, once you've done one you're well suited to excel at another, and the opportunities for learning some seriously interesting stuff is huge.
     
  27. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

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  28. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Elephants think I’m cute #brap

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    IMO, it does kinda beg some questions if someone sticks at a specific level. And keeps on and on and on repeating the same kinda qualifications.

    I get the enjoyment of taught masters, in particular. But you've got to be very rich to keep on churning those out and, likewise, by the time you hit your third PhD, why are no funders willing to back your ideas? Sounds a bit like a cash cow for unis to milk naive, rich, and / or slightly questionable students.
     
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  29. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    completely - especially when, like your man above, they aren't a million miles apart - public admin., public health, financial engineerng, financial analysis etc - I'd be much more impressed if it was a mix of engineering, social sciences, hard sciences etc
     
  30. Hollis

    Hollis bloody furious

    lol. I'm on my third taught masters. At one level, it you're happy so what? At another level, compared to various other "hobbies" or social activities a part-time taught masters isn't necessarily that expensive, for example it's probably cheaper than caining it at a squat party every weekend.

    Also to your point I would question what you mean by "slightly questionable students"?

    Having said all that, I swear I will not do another.. :p
     

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