The Thesis Whisperer is on sick leave after I was hit by a car late last week…
Like all of you I’m sure, I receive an almost constant stream of invitations to academic events and conferences by email.I rely on mailing lists to keep me informed about what is happening, but lately I have started to get irritated about how difficult event organisers make it for me to share information. I have even started replying with ideas for how they might improve their communications strategy. These replies were, of course, politely worded suggestions.
This is the sarcastic letter I wrote in my head.
As the Thesis Whisperer matures, students who look to it for support are starting to graduate. I always love to hear about their experiences and created the “Dear Thesis Whisperer” section to publish any nuggets of advice they want to share.
This post is from the new Dr Janet Fulton, who completed her PhD last year. Her thesis is titled ‘Making the News: Print journalism and the creative process’.
“I hated Derrida with a red-hot flaming passion of a thousand suns for ooh, about 2 weeks. Then something happened while I was crossing the road …”
This post is co-written with Pat Thomson, who is simultaneously publishing on her blog ‘Patter’. If you haven’t already, head on over there and check it out!
The Valley of Shit is that period of your PhD, however brief, when you lose perspective and therefore confidence and belief in yourself…