One of the most frustrating aspects of doing a PhD is that more often than not, no one else really knows what you are doing. So if you are not quite sure what you are doing, then there really is no one else who can clarify that for you. Your supervisors can only be of … Continue reading Life’s frustrations!
It is once again that time of year when, after a solid few weeks of peace, university campus returns to its former state of a frenzied zoo. This down-time brought on by the lack of seminars or undergraduate students milling about had its perks, but also it had extinguished some of my motivation at the … Continue reading Summer updates: trips and summer schools.
A lot has happened since I last wrote. It is now August (...AUGUST!?) and the department is eeriely quiet, now that the undergrads are gone and research group meetings are on hold. As an early PhD student, I am just beginning to understand the monotony of coming in to work, battle with computer code, obtain … Continue reading Perks of a PhD life: seeing the world!
I hate exams. Unqestionably, I am not the only student to hold this opinion. Exams have the power to make you feel physically sick, nauseous, anxious, inadequate - give me your favourite negative emotion, and certainly an exam at some point in a student's life stands guilty of its cause. Often, it is not even … Continue reading About keeping sane during exam season.
Title shamelessly stolen from a Matt Haig tweet, https://twitter.com/matthaig1/status/825863215003336704. I will not hide the blatant fact that I have been experiencing something of a writer's block over the past couple of months. There is so much negativity in the world today - perhaps more than I had ever been conscious of at any point in … Continue reading The only thing worse than 2016 is that it was followed by 1984.
It has been an odd few months for me. In terms of PhD life, it has been a challenge to balance out studying for background meteorology modules whilst reading around the background of my own research project matter, whilst trying to establish with my supervisors whereabouts on my project the cameralens should focus on, whilst … Continue reading New year, old me.
Time flies when you're having fun. Three weeks ago, for the first time of many to come, I took a seat at my desk in my new office at Reading university. That's right my friends. I've started a PhD. In meteorology. Air quality modelling, to be precise. And I still can't believe it. Like, LITERALLY … Continue reading New Beginnings: I’m a PhD student!