Are you doing a PhD? Do you know anyone who is?
I won’t even bother to ask if they ever seem a bit stressed out… it’s par for the course, really.
Below are some videos of a presentation given by Dr Deb Waterhouse-Watson, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University. The talk sheds light on the sometimes gruelling process of completing a PhD and then continuing the (even more gruelling) journey into academia. Don’t let this put you off – Deb gives lots of valuable advice for how to succeed and shows that it’s a very rewarding process too – just think of all the cool shit the hobbits saw!!
The presentation was delivered in February 2015 at Deakin University’s Faculty of Arts and Education’s HDR Summer School, and was aptly titled ‘There and Back Again…: A Non-Hobbit’s Tale of Survival, Reach and Visibility.’ If you are currently undertaking a PhD – or thinking about doing so after looking into your Palantir – watch this! If you know someone else who’s in this boat after deciding not to sail from the Grey Havens, send it on! If you’re not getting any of these Lord of the Rings references, you’ve probably stopped reading by now…
Good luck, and good hunting in the Fields of Rohan! 🙂