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gosh! thank you :$ for me...a long road. started my first degree in 2001 and had 2year break between that and masters and a year break after finishing masters. but hey! im still going. somehow i always felt like there was unfinished business and i had to keep going to one day feel 100% complete xxx
and no.. not gonna be in new zealand in summer... just dreaming. hoping to some day put a deposit down and pay for a holiday for next christmas which will take me all year to pay for. Mmm..... thats if a years enough to pay for it. somehow i think not:-( oh well... i can dream :-x
thanx. must keep positive. hey! we got to stay up (up). we need to specially in these very grey dreary winter days we having here in england :-( keep myself going now looking at holiday brochures of new zealand i picked up from the travel agents 8-) roll on summer xxx
really recommend these books. read the first one called 'how to get a phd' 4th edition. the 2005 edition by estelle phillips and derek s. pugh. read it cover to cover and found it so good. clarified so much. im now reading 'the postgraduate research handbook by gina wisker, 2nd edition 2008. finding this very good to read as a follow up from the previous book. just started my phd a few days ago and met one of my sups who recommended me to read 'how to get a phd'. i smiled and said 'ive read it cover to cover' :-)
real brill books. feel its good to read the pugh and phillips book first before the wiskers book. but they are just so good. found they helped to understand what a phd is all about, how to refine ur research area, focus, research questions etc. iv just felt so much clearer after reading the 'how to get a phd' and understanding more now im reading the 2nd book -'the postgraduate research handbook'. just thought id pass this on :-) xxx
was in this week. got my desk and computer..lol. my desk is by the window which i love. though it looks out over another building...hey! some green fields view would have been nice..but cant have it all can we?
so much to do on the first day. sorted out library access. wifi on campus etc. they were absolutely brill. had a member of staff taking me all over the place to sort things out like car parking etc. went to eat in the restaurant/pub reserved for staff and phds :-) felt lonely as didnt meet any students. saw some around in dept. office where my desk is was empty. not sure how many of them will use the office regularly. there are 6desks in total. love how efficient this uni is. spent time with head of dept. also with 2nd sup. she is nice. very organised she is. she'd already sent me web links to look at. she was surprised that id done so much prep beforehand. meeting both 2nd sup and main sup for combined meeting next week. been asked what to do beforehand and bring with me...but already done as id spent over xmas doing prep research...lol. was surprised as 2nd sup wants about a page next wk...as iv already done quite a lot...lol. im so glad its an area iv researched from my bachelors thro my masters (up)
did admit to 2nd sup i had nerves- its a new uni (did both previous degrees at same uni). felt pleased when she said she had confidence in me and knows i can do it :p lol. love this uni as phd's dont just have meetings only as my old uni does. we have seminars every week (up) and quite a few regular workshops every week so absolutley brill in ongoing support. il be at uni on a regular minimum 2days full time. feel that is best to keep my motivation going. go in..sit at my desk and work and attend workshops and seminars that are on. sups offices are only 2doors away from ours.
lol..i should be writing for next wk... but as already written what they want next wk...dont really have anything to find to write... il get it all together in a couple of pages or so and email it off tomoro. want to start as i mean to go on..and be organised for meetings etc. gosh! hope it all keeps together for the next...erm...years..! good luck everyone :-) any advice and tips much appreciated (up) xxx
57%? bad mark? a friend of mine is doing a PhD and got a pass in his masters (mark in the 50's range). he was very happy :-) when i took my daughter to a university open day, think it was stafford, i met 2 ladies who were doing demonstrations. both ladies were funded on PhD's in forensics. one had a bachelors distinction. the other had a masters with a pass classification in the 50's! 57% many would class as a good attainment (up)
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