I went into the process with the notion that most of my first year would be spent reading, reading, and writing. I also went into it knowing that there would be training and learning opportunities. And, as I often do, I went into it knowing that there would be moments when I wondered if I was good enough.
There have been some definite highs in the last year. But unfortunately, there have been a few self-inflicted lows because of the aforementioned self-esteem issues.
The lows can be summed up as this: Literature review!
The highs, however, need a bit more space. So how about a list? (I do love a good list!)
In the last year:
- I started a fabulous new PhD blog;
- I gave a presentation to the entire faculty;
- I presented two posters (and made an awesome poster tube!);
- I attended some great conferences;
- I gave my first public presentation;
- I attended some fabulous events;
- And, of course, I submitted my one-year review materials.
Now that I’m heading into my second year, I can honestly say that I am filled with excitement and a bit of trepidation once again. I am hoping that I’ll have more opportunities to present my research, and I’m hoping to get at least one (hopefully two!) publications in the next year.
I don’t know exactly what Year Two will look like yet, but I will try to post a bit more about the process. I hope that over the next year this blog will develop into three general categories: My academic journey; my views and opinions on my research area; and my take on student life, from living on a budget to balancing studies and socialisation.
So pleased stick around!