The dangers of motivational cliches

This post was sent to me by Nevin, who prefers to remain partially anonymous. "If you work hard enough, you can achieve anything". "If you put your mind to it, and stick with it, you can do it". “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever”. "You cannot dig yourself out of a hole". The clock in … Continue reading The dangers of motivational cliches

How to get into a PhD program

Imagine my constant surprise, seven years later, at how much still remains unsaid about doing a thesis - even about the basics, such as how to get into a PhD program. Consider this letter which, eerily, happened to land in my inbox just as I was preparing my pitch for prospective students for ANU Open … Continue reading How to get into a PhD program

Academic stalking

This post is by Dr Anna McFarlane. Anna is a postdoctoral researcher on the Wellcome Trust-funded Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities project at the University of Glasgow. She is the co-editor of Vector: The Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association and Adam Roberts: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2016). In this post Anna tackles … Continue reading Academic stalking

Where are they now?

Normally, the Thesis Whisperer strives to be all things to all PhD students because I know there is a wide readership across all ages and stages - and all disciplines. However, if you forgive me, this post is an exception and speaks mostly to those studying in the humanities. Science, design and engineering students might … Continue reading Where are they now?

Trying to make it in the non academic world…

This post is by Ella o'sulllivan Last autumn I made a decision. I was getting out of academia. I wish I could say that I made this decision sitting in my book lined office overlooking the ivy clad university quad, but no, I made it sitting on my bed, with my laptop propped up on … Continue reading Trying to make it in the non academic world…