I started this month feeling somewhat settled after a very eventful month in August. While I had adjusted to my teaching schedule, I still found it difficult to make substantial progress on my final paper. I still had some issues with my code that needed resolving. In the first week, I managed to get some results, with the help of a statistician. It was very exciting to be getting some sort of output and I remember feeling very optimistic at this point
It was a good start but it was only the beginning. I needed
to do other add on analyses which took some time to figure out. Things had kind
of picked up for me at the beginning of September but it went backwards again. There
were times where I felt like I was going around in circles and not getting
anywhere with my PhD or with my life in general.
Happy to say, the clouds eventually passed over and I ran my
last analyses on the last day of September. I honestly cannot explain how
excited I felt to be finishing up with the statistical analyses. This last
paper has been the only thing that has held me back from submitting my thesis so
I can’t wait to get this paper out of the way and start finalising my remaining
In other news, I became a plant mum this month which was pretty
huge for me because I’ve never been into gardening. While I admired the idea of
succulents, I haven’t been able to keep them alive when I’ve owned them in the
past. Other than PhD and plants, food has been keeping me busy. I’ve picked up
my food photography game which always excites me.
Overall, September was a pretty frustrating month for me but at least it ended on a good note. I can finally see the light at the end of the PhD tunnel which seems to be never ending. Let’s hope October will be a more fruitful month and will make up for my slowness from September.
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