Note: Seeing as I have no PhD-related photos, I’m using this post as an opportunity to showcase more edible (well, that might be questionable) delights from America, partaken in during my 2007-8 exchange year. Don’t stress about the incongruity of text and visuals. (Or the extremely terrible quality of the photos.) Just go with it.
I’ve mentioned sporadically (Clueless, anyone?) on this blog that I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to start a PhD. In fact, when I began my travels in December, my plan was to have an epiphany about my future in Paris. Sadly, it turns out you can’t schedule epiphanies. (Who made up that stupid rule?)
As a result, when I returned to Australia I started madly asking every current and former PhD student I knew, and a few trusted others as well, about their academic experiences and advice. (Thanks to Theresa, Conor, Johanna, Sarah, and the Housemate, among others.) I also chatted with my Honours supervisor, who has always been adamant that a PhD office at ANU is where I belong. About the time I started leaning towards the idea, my supervisor and I discovered the possibility of a mid-year entry (and scholarship). We had less than 48 hours to put the proposal together.
I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to getting my application in – from the lecturers who wrote such touching recommendations to the Sociology and general Social Sciences admin staff who made sure my application got into the right hands and, of course, my parents, who calmly told me that whatever the outcome, everything would be fine.
As it turns out, I got the scholarship and, as of today, I have my very own office. Sure, there’s no computer in it, and my log-in doesn’t work yet because I’m not technically a PhD student until the end of August, but it looks like I’ve finally got some goals to head towards. The first couple of these are not mucking up my tutorials and figuring out a PhD topic, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right?
In other words, after six months of travelling, post-surgery-stillness, and general fancy-free living… I’m finally back in the Real World.
I hope it treats me nicely.
Another Note: For those of you in the US and Canada, don’t forget to enter the Cookbook Giveaway by commenting on this post. Entries close July 26th.