one week on..

Posted on November 17, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Thoughts on PhD process from one week’s distance:

  • I learned how to convert pdf files to word – a challenge in the early hours of submission day (reverse move is easy)
  • I learned how to extract my large Endnote library to word = really hard work
  • I finished something that nearly overwhelmed me earlier in the year, when I was already exhausted after only a couple of chapters. While I didn’t go out much, haven’t seen friends or really done anything else in last few weeks/months, I managed to keep enough balance not to get ill. On the other hand, while it has been wonderful being out of my study and in San Francisco this week, I’ve been too tired to go out at night – just beginning to feel rested and looking forward to deeper rest in the next fortnight on Point Reyes peninsula.
  • The thesis is full of mistakes, misunderstandings, self-taught errors and assumptions. That’s OK. It’s the nature of the beast to be an introductory work, despite being part of a ‘terminal’ qualification. If I get to turn it into a book, there will be much to change, cut, enhance – it is the record of my learning, so my criticisms evidence the fact that I have learned from the process.
  • I’m looking forward to the practice and actual vivas – means someone else will have read it. V. interested to see what others make of it.




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