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July 23, 2018

Kia Ora Postgrads, As a PhD student in my final year of research, I’ve found myself taking a moment to think about what I’d do differently if I were to embark on this journey again, and specifically how I have become far more proficient at knowing when to quit. Now I definitely don’t mean quit […]

June 5, 2018

Ever get the feeling you shouldn’t be a postgraduate? Surely you’re just one meeting away from being found out and asked to leave forever! How come everyone else knows what they’re doing? We all feel like this occasionally, and it’s called the Imposter Syndrome. Last week I attended a PhD workshop on this very subject, […]

May 7, 2018

Do you think we write enough? “Writing” is an indispensable practice of our postgraduate lives. Every day we run our fingertips across the keyboard, whether it’s long before sunrise, amid the bustle of our favorite café, or when our cat’s heavy breaths become the only desirable soundtrack of our hectic scholarly moments.   In my […]

April 16, 2018

It is April! After an unusually long Wellington summer, it is finally starting to get chilly and the days are getting shorter. Soon, much of the postgraduate populace will be arriving at uni in the dark and leaving in the dark as well. The winter months can cause us to hunker down and lose some […]

March 12, 2018

Sometimes who you know is more important that what you know. A network of friends and mentors is truly valuable. Whether you are still studying as an undergrad, striving for research goals as a post-grad, or starting a career, your connections to other people will make your journey a much happier one. University can be […]

February 26, 2018

I am feeling a little odd right now. For most people at Victoria, this time of year is a beginning. New courses, new friends, new tutors to get crushes on (shut up, it can happen), new ways to procrastinate doing what you actually came here for. And yet for me, it’s an end. Less than […]

October 9, 2017

The research journey can be a tumultuous one. As I was sitting alone on the couch for four and a half hours on election night, I wondered how many other postgrads were also sitting, laptops in hand, contemplating what the results would mean for their research. Regardless of how you happen to feel about those […]

September 25, 2017

When I was in Timor-Leste for my research, to my immense surprise I was often looked upon with pity, because I could only speak one language. To my local guide, this was a source of amazement. He himself could speak five: Tetun, Portuguese, two local village languages, and English. Being bilingual is the minimum expected […]

August 14, 2017

My Brussels sprouts tasted like absolution. Perfectly roasted and delicately sauced in a fig and balsamic glaze, they accompanied a lavish meal that I bought for myself with the discretionary funds I suddenly had after leaving a relationship in which I was treated like a sort of combination duvet and ATM, with a man who […]

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