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Sorry you're having rough Sunday. I just wanted to say it sounds like you've done really well to get this far & only to have 6 months left, without the best supervisor support in the world.
Keep writing, keep focussed & remember you're the best darned Squiggles there is!
I hope the sun's shining where you are, Mog :-)
Here are the things that keep me going:
Visualising myself in the cathedral at graduation.
Working out what on earth to wear with the graduation gear - someone suggested white, but then I'd look like a P&O ferry docking in Dover!
Those mini post-its page markers - they're irresistible! I bought a new packet of 5000 in a pound shop the other day, even though I still have half the last pack left. Useful for messages too, like 'take cheese to work'.
Finding amusement in the possibility of being called 'Dr Mog' one day!
Telling myself that 80,000 words is just a 2000 word essay, every week, for 10 months - and I can do that.
Writing something every day - I'm (roughly) sticking to that & it feels OK.
Is it possible for you to arrange an informal meeting with someone in the department you're applying to before the interview itself? I don't know enough about how the system works & can only speak from my own experience, but I contacted a professor to indicate my interest in doing a PhD, we met for tea & a chat & this sort of ended up as an interview.
I hope things turn out well for you, Mog :-)
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Maybe it depends on the institution - I can only speak for mine, but I applied for a PhD without a masters & the university told me I had to take 2 masters modules within my first year of research.
I hope it works out well for you, Mog :-)
I too am giving my first presentation at the end of this month, to a room full of academics, but I'm presenting on a topic I know well. I think if you don't know the subject, far from hiding your blushes, it might make them deeper! If you know the topic well you can anticipate questions & look good with your answers.
Otherwise, PowerPoints with pictures are always a good idea - gives your audience something to look at - and is there any possibility of audience participation?
Good luck (up)
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