PhD – Week 1

So last week was the first week of my PhD and I have been filled with so many different emotions. From joy and nostalgia at being back in academia at my previous university to stress and imposter syndrome at the amount of work I already have to do, to absolute excitement at actually doing the work and doing something that I love and enjoy.

The most important thing I’ve taken away from this week is being organised. There are so many emails, so many ‘optional’ training for PhD students and then there’s all the fanfare of freshers week for incoming students and all that is being offered to them. It can be overwhelming at times but being organised has allowed me to take a step back and take it all in one at a time.

The highlights of week one has been signing up for my advance French course which starts next week. I am so excited to start speaking French again and improving in my long-neglected skills. I also found out as a PhD student I get half price off my course, which made me even more excited. Another highlight was meeting my supervisor for our first official meeting of the term and discussing my project and the next steps. It still feels so surreal that this time last month I was still working and had no idea that I had been accepted into my PhD programme and here I am executing a project that I had only dreamed about.

The thing I’m looking forward to most in week 2 is having the official Doctoral College welcome event (online) with all the new PhD students at the university. I am so ready to make new friends and be fully immersed in university life.

Thank you for reading.

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