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Damn you World Cup!!

My PhD has suffered sooooo much over the world cup, I have seen every game and since I live in Aus the games are on at 2330 and 0400 every day :) but it is worth it only comes around once every 4 years!!! Makes me emotional just thinking about it (up)(up)

Running out of ways to start sentences...

Furthermore & Moreover! How could I have forgotten! You have made my day :-)

Running out of ways to start sentences...

When you are writing and you have to start a new sentence carrying on from the previous one, I find it hard to think of new ways to start :-(

I have used "In this respect", "to this end", "In this regard" about 100000 times! Does anyone have a new exciting way of doing this?

Endnote question (one reference appears in bold)

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Ignore me haha :$

I think it would be the actually reference in Endnote maybe the author's name is in bold? Try going in and editing the reference from within Endnote

Based on the evidence: should I quit? http://www.postgraduateforum.com/images/smiley_robin.gif

In my humble opinion you have already made your decision by simply reading numerous threads about leaving study and writing this one (even subconsciously), you know that you aren't happy doing what you are doing. I think you are asking for validation for something you have already decided as Pjlu said "No one can decide for you-which is annoying for you but is why counsellors are so inconclusive". Just my two-cents and here is quote I like:

"Sir, What is the secret of your success?" a reporter asked a bank president.
"Two words."
"And, sir, what are they?"
"Good decisions."
"And how do you make good decisions?"
"One word."
"And sir, what is that?"
"And how do you get Experience?"
"Two words."
"And, sir, what are they?"
"Bad decisions."

Tackling the resubmission

Congratulations! That must feel extremely good! (up)(up)

PhD Skills

I cannot believe no one made reference to Napoleon Dynamite, which is criminal in a thread title with the word skills in it! So I will:

Napoleon Dynamite: Well, nobody's going to go out with *me*!
Pedro: Have you asked anybody yet?
Napoleon Dynamite: No, but who would? I don't even have any good skills.
Pedro: What do you mean?
Napoleon Dynamite: You know, like nunchuku skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.
Pedro: Aren't you pretty good at drawing, like animals and warriors and stuff?
Napoleon Dynamite: Yes... probably the best that I know of.
Pedro: Just draw a picture of the girl you want to take out... and give it to her for like a gift or something.
Napoleon Dynamite: That's a pretty good idea.

Bank Holidays

getting pissed while getting a tan is a win win! So yes!

Coping with depression whilst doing a PhD

Quote From keenbean:

Hi Rebel! I have suffered from bipolar disorder for about the last 10 years, although the depression has always been more severe than the mania for me. It has played havoc with my life- I dropped out of uni three times in my undergrad years, had lots of long-term hospital admissions, and no end of drug treatments and electroconvulsive therapy. Depression is a nightmare, and it is also very hard for people who have never expereinced depression to understand what it is like- I have often had to deal with people who think that depression is just about 'feeling a bit down'. However, over the last 4 years I have been much better. I got a first in my BSc, a distinction in my MSc, and won a scholarship to fund my PhD- I am now in second year. Learning how to deal with depression is hard work and a bit trial and error. It sounds like you are doing a lot of the right things. Our uni counselling service is fantastic- I have been seeing them for 6 years and credit them with my progress through university. So definitely stick with that one. It isn't for everyone but it can be a really good source of support for a lot of people. Exercise is also great- I exercise almost every day of the week- but be careful that you choose something fun so it doesn't become a chore. I also found that something non-competitive is a good idea, it makes me feel even worse if I perform badly at something! Since I broke my foot 5 weeks ago (and thus can't exercise) I have had to go on extra medication for my mood, which just goes to show how important exercise is for keeping your mood healthy. As for supervisors- I have been extremely honest with mine, and they have been nothing but supportive. They cannot be understanding if they don't know what is happening, and I sat down and had a very frank discussion with my supervisor near the beginning of my PhD, so she knows what to do if I become ill- how to help and what I can or can't manage when I'm not well. The only thing she asked of me was that I kept her up to date if things started to go downhill so that she knew what was happening and could respond accordingly. So I think it's really important to try to be honest with your supervisor, or at least speak to your chairperson or someone at the university so that they are aware that you might have difficulties from time to time. I have been pleasantly surprised at how understanding people have been, and have never regretted telling my supervisors (and other colleagues) about my illness. I guess the other thing is to see your doctor if you are really struggling. Even if you don't want to take medication they might be able to refer you to someone else for help, perhaps a CPN or something for support. Try not to stress too much about your work and tackle your mood first- and if you are really struggling to get your work done, maybe get on with the boring but straightforward things first- literature searching, photocopying, writing reference lists etc. At least that way you can see that something is getting done! Hope you start feeling better soon. You will get through it and do your PhD. I have even found that my own experiences of mental ill health have been extremely valuable in working with my research participants, so you might even be able to find some positive in all this at another time. Best wishes, take care. KB

woah! wall of text :-(


Hi Zipidee,

I really love radiohead, coldplay and any alt rock but I can't work with lyrics so for me it is all about house, trance, progressive house etc as they offer awesome beats that help me think.

Also if you haven't already I really recommend Last.fm!

Feeling Frustrated and Alone

I feel you on this as I'm in exactly the same position, I moved to a different city to undertake my study and as you know a PhD is not the most social of experiences. I can sometimes feel really down, lost and the thought of being here for 3+ years only amplifies that feeling. However, I know, as I have moved to a new city before, that it can take a while to feel like you are getting anywhere. It is a slow process that is only possible by placing yourself in situations that induce social interaction, for me I joined some random sports that I have never played before in the hope that I could meet some people.

It is a case of weathering the storm, because it will pass. You gotta ask yourself, "why did I move in the first place?" and you will soon realise that you did it for the challenge of meeting new people and overcoming a new environment and the challenges that it brings. Change is exciting, otherwise we stagnate.


Feeling really terrible - rant

I'm gonna hit you with a short and sweet reply that hopefully helps, when I first started I got some good advice which basically said to remember that it is just a PhD!

What motivated you to commence a PhD?

It's funny the more I think about the more I have to tell myself everyday about the benefits, like making my own hours and just thinking which is great. But I love your reasoning 4matt especially number 5! Travel which is something I hope to do a lot of during my studies.

I agree Bilbobaggins I think the reason you started the second time is probably the best motivation to start a PhD!

What motivated you to commence a PhD?

Hey, I have heard so much about the right kind motivation to start a PhD and the wrong kind of motivation to start a PhD, the right being things like holding an extreme interest in your topic, the topic was previously a hobby or the more noble idea that you want to make a positive impact on the world. The wrong being, just something to fill time while you think what to do, it seemed like a good idea at the time, they will pay you to study or having one can't hurt the resume.

I write this because I don't quite know where I stand, I'm still at the beginning of the process and it scares me to think I might not make it because I'm doing it for the wrong reasons. I would like to think I'm doing it because I enjoy the idea of research and I enjoy discovering new interpretations, but at the same time I think 'well I have no idea what else I wanted to do so it seems like a good idea'.

So basically, what was your original motivation to commence a PhD? And has that changed the longer you do it?

The Indiana Jones method

I'm fairly new to the whole PhD life but I do aspire to live and research in another country during my PhD and I was just wondering if any of you have travelled to far off regions of the world? Is it a good experience and do you recommend it?