The start of this month officially marked 3 years
since I started my PhD. This put me in a rather panicky state because it was
scary to process how time just flew. But it was also exciting when I began to
reflect on my achievements in the last 3 years. It was important for me to take
on this reflection as I am often harsh on myself and tend to focus on failures
or things that didn’t work out. This is why I find it beneficial to reflect at
least once a month through writing this series.
In terms of progress with my PhD, my accomplishments
included submitting my paper revisions and recruiting around over 100 people in
my intervention. Earlier this month, I was really excited to be moving closer
to our target. However, I have had major setbacks since then. Towards the end
of January, I submitted an ethics modification which incorporated a new mode of
recruitment. I was really hoping to get better results but unfortunately, it
did not work out for me despite getting approval. It was frustrating because I
had seen others gain success using the same technique. So, I had no other
choice but to resort to existing old-fashioned methods (i.e. putting up
I also worked on another ethics modification (hopefully this will be the last one). I was hoping to submit abstracts to present my results later this year but I am still in the middle of collecting data. I was disappointed in myself for not being able to prepare a submission on time because I have always been successful in the past (the conference deadlines have always pushed me to get my paper ready). However, I was quick to remind myself that everything happens for a reason (I constantly tell myself that when I miss out on opportunities). It’s a bit different now because I am dealing with a much larger data set, and my priorities have changed. My current priorities are to finish running this intervention, write up my final paper and submit my thesis. Speaking of which, I have made some progress with writing but not to the level I was hoping.
news, we went on a rural getaway to celebrate our anniversary (blog coming up
soon). My month ended with a desk move. It was really exciting to be upgrading
after 3 years but also a little sad because my PhD journey is coming to an end.
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