Monday, August 6, 2012

The count down to enrolment.

In the lead up to my PhD enrolment I've been trying to prepare by reading some blogs and articles about the process. One of the suggestions that I've read in a number of different places is to blog your PhD progress, so that's what I've decided to do here.

I'm starting this PhD blog for a number of reasons.

1. I want to keep a record of my ideas, thoughts, process and choices that is public and that makes me a bit accountable.

2. I think it's valuable to share my experiences with others on the HDR hunt--the good, the bad and the melancholy.

3. Lastly, I want to have a record of what I've learnt or discovered as evidence of my progress in order to alleviate the inevitable crises-of-confidence I'm bound to have (truth be told, I've had a few already). If I can look back on my posts, I'll be able (in theory) to see how far I've come.

Perhaps there are other reasons too, ones that will only become apparent during the process.

My blog intentions are:

  • to post something (however brief) every week.
  • to be honest and transparent at all times no matter how confronting that might be.
  • to share my own research as well as the tips, hints and links of others.
  • to not panic, just remember to breathe...

Join me on the roller coaster?


  1. Very best of luck (or just do the hard work). I will be checking this blog to keep you accountable!
    Lots of love

  2. Ello Deb,

    ANOTHER degree! I'm going to have to get you to sign up to Academics Anonymous! "My name is Deb and I love going on courses!"

    Only joking. Hope the research goes well. I'll be checking up on you via your updates!

    Now do your homework! :D

  3. I know, Gav. Nic & I have a running joke about who has the more "bits of paper". I'm just trying to outdo him with the biggest bit of paper I could think of! :)