I don't even know which stage I'm at right now. It's true that I've passed my viva... but a lot of complicated things happened after that. Long story short, now one of my external examiners has unfortunately withdrawn as my examiner (it's not me, it's him kinda situation). Worst case scenario, I need to face a new external with my corrected thesis, and a new viva too. PhD is definitely a permanent head damage. #prayforme #science #piledhigheranddeeper #phd#phd #phdstudent #phdstruggles #phdproblems #phdexperiment #phd #biomedicalscience #protein #phdanxiety #phddepression #dontgiveup #widn #thesiswriteup #phdthesis #phdwriting #phdwriteup #womeninstem #phdenomenalphdemale #phdthesissubmission #phdviva #phdsubmission #naturescience #phdcareerstories
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Have you heard of writing groups for PhD students? 📒 . Graduate students have a higher rate of depression and anxiety than the general population, and many report feeling isolated and lacking support 😔. To tackle this problem, a PhD student set up a writing group for students and recently wrote about her experience (link in comments). . Her article raised massive interest on twitter 🐦, and from the comments it seems other people have independently set up similar groups. And they seem to work. 👍 . But what exactly are they? . WHAT . A relatively small group (6-10 people) of PhD students that get together (in person and/or by videoconference) to write their theses and socialize. . AIM . To “establish deep social connections” between the students and help them cope with the challenges of their PhDs and reduce the impact of the PhD blues (i.e. depression, anxiety and isolation) 💪They also help reduce procrastination and increase motivation. . WHO . Members come from different institutions, locations and diverse research areas🔬📡. This means the students can expand their social/research networks outside of their niche and also gain new perspectives. . HOW . ✅The groups meet once a month in person and/or videoconferencing. ✅Each session includes 2-3 hours of writing with regular breaks to socialize. ✅A facilitator conducts the discussions, to make sure everyone has a chance to speak and to break the ice when necessary. ✅Specific goals are set at the start of the session and discussed at the end. . Discussion topics include how to find mentors, work-life balance, how to structure a thesis, and basically anything the members feel the need to talk about. . RESULTS . The writing group encouraged exchanges between members (even outside the meet-ups), increased productivity and well-being, and reduced isolation 😊. It's been running for 2 years and similar groups have started officially in two Australian universities. . I also found two popular twitter hashtags 🐦where PhD students chat about their progress while writing the thesis, a similar idea that also seems to work well. #LittleHelpers #AcWri . Would you consider joining one of these groups?
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Never underestimate the importance of being proud of yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Have you told yourself how proud you are of all that you’ve accomplished? Whether in school, at work or amongst family & friends we’re used to sharing the details about our work, goals & achievements with others. And it’s so comforting when someone we care for shares our excitement, provides support or validates our efforts. But what’s extra special is first, and foremost, being unapologetically proud of yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀”Self-love is the source of all our other loves”- Pierre Corneille⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #phd#phdession #phdchat #anxietyhelp #womensupportingwomen #gradschoolstruggles #mentalhealthawareness #selflove #selfcare #selfappreciation #gradstudent #phdstudent #phd #phdlife #studentlife #graduatestudent #doctorate #phdjourney #instamood #anthropology #anthropologist #socialscientists #lifestruggles #realtalk💯 #cinemajournal #ethnographer #visualanthropologist #saturdaythoughts
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Despite the clear benefits of hobbies, however, they aren’t always valued in the culture of science. ✨ “People actually hide their hobbies, or pretend they don’t do anything outside of work, because they are worried about what people will think,” says Bailey Sousa. But that’s starting to change. ✨ Many scientists say that their pastimes make them better researchers by sharpening their minds, building confidence and reducing stress. ✨ Notably, the prizewinners were about 1.5 times more likely to actively pursue arts and crafts than were members of the US National Academy of Sciences (R. Root-Bernstein et al. J. Psychol. Sci. Technol. 1, 51–63; 2008). ✨ Richard Feynman sketched and painted under the pseudonym Ofey, Albert Einstein once said that “life without playing music is inconceivable to me”. What’s your hobby⁉️🔭🖼🎵Do you read book 📖 : How to be a Happy Academic (2018) by Alex Clark et al.? ⚡️ What should I read❓ 📎Nature 558, 475-477 (2018): How a hobby can boost researchers’ productivity and creativity 📎Nature 523, 117-119 (2015): Leisure activities: The power of a pastime
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The Duck the Tea Pot and the Poodle - a break from writing. #phddepression #challanged #smallimpact #exhibitingathome #homeaesthetics
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There's much talk about the high rates of depression and anxiety among graduate students, but adapting to a foreign country is rarely mentioned as a likely cause.🛫 Yet there are countless studies showing that the stress of “acculturation” (adapting to a new culture) is associated with depression and anxiety. . International PhD students are at high risk of depression. Besides coping with the pressure and demands of graduate life, they have to deal with the challenges of living abroad.🌍 . So what can lead to depression in international students? The language barrier, culture shock, social isolation, homesickness, to name a few. Another problem is they often are not aware of the mental health support services available to them 🎓. Some cultures also have a strong stigma against mental illness, so these students will not seek help. . How can you ensure a smooth adaptation to your new country?❓ You first need to recognise the problems, so you can swiftly tackle them when they arise.💪 Culture shock has 4 phases: . 1. Honeymoon (everything seems great and exciting) . 2. Crisis (things start to go wrong, minor issues become major problems, cultural differences become irritating, you feel like an outsider and that nobody gets you, social isolation, homesickness) . 3. Adjustment (accepting cultural differences with a positive attitude, you find ways to deal with issues, you start appreciating new culture. This phase is SLOW) . 4. Acculturation (feeling at home in new country, integrating the new culture- bicultural identity) . If you recognise these feelings and you’re not coping, seek help. Don’t deny the problem. Maybe you major problem is dealing with a bully supervisor, but language barriers, feeling homesick, or social isolation are probably making it worse. . The key to successfully adapting to a new country is having an open mind and integrating the new culture, studies show. So don't stay “stuck” in your old life (eg: watching TV from your country, socializing only with people from your nationality) and instead join a club or sports team, and mingle with the locals 😊 . Are you currently experiencing culture shock? What strategies do you use to cope?
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