Learning to Love University – a post for Valentines Day

I’m not sure I have ever heard the words love and university used in the same sentence, unless there was a high degree of sarcasm involved. University is not easy. It’s a daunting, long, arduous process that many of us are just lucky to survive. However, inspired by all of the lovely, warm fuzzies that are floating around today, Valentines Day, I thought I would write a post about learning to love university.

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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An introduction to academic conferences

I recently returned from a marketing conference and I thought this would be a good time to introduce you to the somewhat glitzy world of academic conferences. This is will be the first of a five part series giving you an insider look at conferences.

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Why all students should have a business card

If you are a student at university, whether you are in your first year of studies or your final year, there is one piece of ammunition to arm yourself with.

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Procrastination is a dirty word…or is it?

Put it off, delay, think about it, sleep on it, push it back, adjourn, defer, dawdle, hold off, postpone, prolong, dilly-dally, shilly-shally….whatever you want to call it.

Procrastination is a dirty word at university. Yet we all seem to be guilty of doing it.There are many articles dedicated to why we procrastinate, and how to beat procrastination. We know what it is. We know to avoid it. Some of us do it on purpose (“I will have more time to do that task on Tuesday”), while others will do it without even noticing (“ooh Jess just posted something new of Facebook that I have to read”). Either way, it is very easy to berate ourselves for putting things off. But what if I told you that procrastinating could actually increase the quality of your work?procrastination Continue reading

Come back down to Earth

I just came across The illustrated guide to a Ph.D. which really got me thinking. Do we often go into a PhD with grand ideas of changing the world? It’s safe to say that we will come up with new ideas, but reading this post really brought me back to Earth on the likely impact of my research. Thanks to Matt Might for allowing this to be reproduced here.

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To PhD or not to PhD? That is the question.

Dr Alice Bennett

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I have recently finished my Masters degree with Honours, and now that I have gotten my results back, I have already been asked numerous times “so when will you start your PhD?” This is actually a good question which I have pondered myself any times over the last few years.
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