Wanna Be PhD

PhD 2006. Now fully blown by the Postdoc Experience.

Location: My Appartment, Academic Nowhereland

Email: wannabephd@gmail.com

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Typing hype

It is quiet. It is midnight. My fingers hit the buttons on my keybord. I like the sound and the smooth movements of the keys.
I am revising my dissertation. After almost two weeks I am back to work. Still tired and exhausted, but I'm going.
I like the feeling of doing something, instead of feeling awful and procrastinating all the time.

Today I got an email from the journal editor. Remember, I sent them my manuscript 14 months ago. They are going to send me the final prints soon! Yeah!

I was surfing my university's web pages, and I found out that there is a oaching project for female grad students. They would discuss topics such as isolation, conflicts with the supervisor, bad writing habits, and organizing oneself.
I thought: Wow, I'd just needed that! But now it's too late, as I will be finished soon (hopefully).
Then I thought about it. At the very worst time, which was about 14 months ago, before going to Another Town, THEN I really would have needed such help. But I didn't go there then. Because I thought my problems are too personal to discuss it in such a workshop. Because the academic world is so small and people will find out about my problems. And people would find out about my bad relationship with Ex Supervisor. And this would for sure have a bad effect on my career.
I still believe that not talking about the bad stuff is career saving. Since if you do, people will remeber you as an uneasy person.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Music quiz

[via Anastasia]

Yes, I do play the cello!
Very cool quiz!!!

You scored as Cello. Cello.
Not much to say about the cello. apologies.











French Horn








String Bass








If you were in an orchestra, what instrument would match your personality?
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The Trip to Hillyville

Last week I visited New Supervisor, who moved to Hillyville during last term. The appointment went well and I am in the process of completing the thesis right now. Quiet and satisfied. (And I'm going to a café tomorrow and I have been to one yesterday.)

Hillyville is about the place where Snow White met her dwarfs. It is small, it is surrounded by little hills and a huge forest, and the bus to the next airport which is quite small, takes one hour. It is isolated. Completely.

There was a conference party I attended. And there were those guys - local guys, guys who work there or who used to study there. And they told me that there is a strong right-wing community in Hillyville. The kind of men-only fraternity whose members fence.

I thought these groups were abolished after WW 2, but apparently I was wrong. I thought that only some old Nazis in the late 50s would join them, but I had never ever thought that nowadays anyone would feel comfortable with those ideas. Of course, I know that some of these groups still exist, but that it is a serious part of the academic community?

Even more surprising, I learned that two of my colleagues belong (or belonged) to such a fraternity. I have always thought that all scholars of my field are left-wing by definition, because the subject we study does not permit a right-wing-nazi point of view. I am shocked.