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Thread: How to go into new PhD with a positive mindset?

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03-Aug-18, 22:04
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From Tudor_Queen:


Thank you so much for your lovely reply! It's good to hear your friend was in a similar position but all is going well for her now. I think you're quite right about my being apprehensive - and hopefully once I get started I'll get stuck in as you said, and realise there's nothing to be apprehensive about. I'm hoping to be able to see my boyfriend once a month, which will also give me a bit of a break and a change. Best wishes for the rest of your writing up!

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Sorry I may have read too much in what you said, I guess the point is to always remember, when youll get lonely or stressed, that your thesis doesent have to be perfect.


No problem, I appreciated your response. You're very right to say I don't need to be a perfectionist with my work!

Thread: How to go into new PhD with a positive mindset?

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03-Aug-18, 18:26
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by tpeas
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My motto was that my thesis had to be good enough to pass. New PhD students tend to think they need to be brilliant, but the reality is that your first major piece of reasearch is not going to be your best. Its ok to be mediocre. A PhD thesis is a particular piece of writing, mostly composed of lenghty, boring, defensive writing. You dont need to be bold. Just make sure you cover all the obvious shortcomings in your research.

Your post already shows signs of this ‘delusion of grandeur’ so to speak. Nobody really cares about your research. People who are not in academia dont give a shit about research. People in academia rarely read PhD theses cause they are too long and boring.

So really you are not in a ‘stage’ and therefore you should not be frightened. Most likely, the only 3 people who will ever read your work are your super and your examiners, only because they are paid to do so. Nobody has really the time or the patience to read a PhD thesis unless they kind of have to.


True - though I'm not sure how I'm showing 'delusions of grandeur' in my post! I know I'll get a thesis out after 4 years, I'm just more worried about the process itself - having enough confidence to pull through the difficult times and keep at it. If I publish it will be a bonus, but as I've had some previous PhD experience, I already know not to expect wonders.

Thread: How to go into new PhD with a positive mindset?

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03-Aug-18, 16:51
by tpeas
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posted about 2 months ago
Hi all,

This autumn I'm starting a 'new' PhD. I quit my first PhD just over a year ago now, after about 7 months of study, because the subject area turned out to be very different to what I was wanting to do. I'm therefore really thankful that I've been offered this second opportunity and determined that this time it will work out - it's doing the subject I really want to be doing this time, so it should all be fine. However, I've started to get a bit of 'stage fright' - it's felt a while since I've been in academia, and I'm also going to be moving far away from my friends and family for the project. As someone who tends to worry, I'm already nervous that I'll feel lonely or stressed, which obviously isn't a good idea, as I need to be going in with a positive attitude to increase my chances of success! So do any of you have any 'coping mechanisms' for when times get tough or advice on how to stay positive when embarking on your PhD? I've recently started doing some mindfulness which I'm hoping will lower my anxiety.

Thanks!

Thread: Leaving - telling supervisor

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08-Aug-17, 16:45
by tpeas
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posted about 1 year ago
Hi both, thanks very much for your replies. I'm just waiting to hear whether I have funding confirmed - if all goes well I thought I'd speak to her postdoc with whom I get on well, who I'm hoping will give me some advice regarding how to draft an email with a heads up then discuss face to face when she's back. I'm really praying all goes well, the uncertainty is killing me!

Thread: Leaving - telling supervisor

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04-Aug-17, 12:09
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posted about 1 year ago
Hi everyone. I'm currently ~7 months into my PhD in the sciences. My supervisor is nice but I've had some misgivings about the project for a while and after a lot of thinking I'm (probably) leaving to do something pretty different - I still need to get all the funding confirmed, but I'm pursuing my slightly crazy dream to study in the States, but for an undergrad in liberal arts. This is because I've been really torn between pursuing different academic routes my whole life - in the end I ended up down a scientific one, but now I've finally accepted I'm just not ready to commit to a specific science PhD - yet, anyway. My supervisor is away for another week but now I've got the offer and it would be a very fast turnaround, I feel I should tell her over email then discuss properly when she's back. But how on earth do I do this - should I be vague and say I just want a discussion with her when she gets back, or should I tell her exactly what's going on. I feel bad enough she's getting such short notice in the first place, but I wanted to wait until I knew if the States was actually going to work out before telling her. Any advice would be seriously appreciated, thank you.
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