Notes from the first year of my PhD

When I started my PhD, I decided to create an ongoing note on my phone to document my reflections on navigating academic life and things I've learned. Here they are.

It’s behind you

Spice up your relationship with your previous achievements, give them some TLC, tell them you’re thinking of them. Sometimes your greatest success is behind you.

Taking time for yourself isn’t a sign of weakness

I thought that if I was visibly tired, busy and over-worked then that would somehow justify the importance of my work to the external observer. But taking time for yourself isn't a sign of weakness.

You’re only doing a PhD so you can be a student forever

If you get comments from people doing "real" 9-5 office jobs in "The City" about how you're "putting off life" by doing a PhD, you're not alone.

Catcalling: is it really that bad?

Ignoring sexist verbal harassment creates a culture whereby other types of violence against women are perceived to be acceptable. Confronting instances of street harassment is the important first step in tackling all types of verbal and physical hate crimes against women.

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