Not doing the PhD (and being ok with that)

Eleanor Malbon is a research fellow at the University of New South Wales and an aborted PhD candidate.  She researches social policy and public administration, which can be as dry as it sounds, but the people she works with are consistently interesting. You can find her research profile here and most of her published work … Continue reading Not doing the PhD (and being ok with that)

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

Four More Reasons People Quit the Ph.D.

This post is by Hillary Rettig, author The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block. Hillary lives with her partner, a physics professor at a midwest liberal arts college, and her two fabulous rescue dogs. She is a vegan, a free software/free culture advocate, a living kidney … Continue reading Four More Reasons People Quit the Ph.D.

Should you quit your PhD?

Do you sometimes think about giving up? Should you entertain this notion seriously, or ignore it? When is it right to walk away? It's an important issue which we haven't really tackled much on the blog to date, which is why I was pleased when B.J. Epstein, a lecturer in literature and translation at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England offered to write a post on the topic.