This is very enlightening! I have certainly been feeling this when I compare myself to friends with more lab based PhDs or real world jobs. If I don’t fancy going to the office (as its raining, for example) I can work from anywhere with internet access. I don’t have to stick to a 9-5 slog either, as long as I’m doing enough work I can have a brain break if I’m really not feeling it. Kinda like today!
This post was written by Paula Hanaszwho is currently writing a thesis on the geopolitics of water security in South Asia at The ANU. She is enrolled at the Australia National University but currently spends more time on her couch than in her office or the library.
I’m going to take a moment out of my busy study schedule to interrupt yours by telling you about my experiences with PhD Lifestyle Guilt. This is, as the name might suggest, the perennial guilt about having the sort of life where ‘work’ involves sitting around on the couch reading interesting stuff, and getting grants to go to international conferences.
Of course the PhD Lifestyle is not like that for everybody. I’m fortunate enough that, in Australia at least, writing a thesis in the humanities means no coursework. And no coursework means very little reason to be on campus. Ever…
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