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The magic of saying ‘oh, OK’

At the beginning of my PhD journey  I had the most amazing ideas for my research project.  A little naive and idealistic, I thought that everything would fall into place and I could fulfil my dreams.  As I started to plan my projects reality sunk in and I had to compromise on some of my ideas.… Continue reading The magic of saying ‘oh, OK’

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Week 2 of PhD data collection in Nepal (half way mark)

Another week down of performing 4D pelvic floor muscle ultrasound for Nepali women and we’ve really hit our stride.  My research partner and I are in a good rhythm now and have become super efficient.  We have a local Nepali intern helping us who is an absolute gem, we really couldn’t do it without his help.… Continue reading Week 2 of PhD data collection in Nepal (half way mark)

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Week 1 of my PhD data collection in Nepal

There was so much anticipation and anxiety leading up to commencing my PhD research projects being conducted in Nepal this November.  Having arrived now and completed 2 days of data collection has significantly eased my stress so now I’m feeling quite calm about the upcoming 4 weeks. Partnering with groups overseas can create an element of stress in… Continue reading Week 1 of my PhD data collection in Nepal

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What doesn’t kill you makes a good story

I have now completed my first full year as a PhD student and wow… has it been a learning experience on so many levels. So many highs and lows, ups and downs, wins and losses. Looking back over the year I feel a small sense of pride that I have made it this far and… Continue reading What doesn’t kill you makes a good story

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Time for review and reflection

At my University, it’s that time of the year where PhD students meet for their Annual Performance Reviews.  While some of the paperwork may seem like an unnecessary time waster, it’s actually been a worthwhile task for me.  Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck down in the day-to-day grind making you feel like a mouse in a… Continue reading Time for review and reflection