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First Term Done

As we make our way through January and well into term two, first year PhD student and blogger Rupika reflects on her journey so far.

By Rupika Gulati

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We’re Recruiting! Come and write for PhDLife

Are you a PhD student at Warwick? Would you like the opportunity to share your experiences of research with a global audience and earn some extra money? Here at PhDLife we’re currently recruiting for new regular bloggers. Hear from editor Ellie King about what it’s all about and why you should apply.

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Looking Back on 2021: Merry Christmas from your Bloggers

As we settle into the holiday season and campus gets quieter after a busy term one, here at the Warwick Library Blogs we’re looking back on the last twelve months. It started in a lockdown and sadly has ended with some restrictions being introduced, but in between we had some great months of learning and growing. Regardless of where you are in your university life, from a first-year undergraduate to a final year PhD researcher, I think this year we’ve been brought together in the challenges we have faced. We asked some of our bloggers to reflect on 2021, and here’s what they had to say.

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An Experience of Temporary Withdrawal

Studying a PhD offers many fantastic opportunities for research and networking. But it’s a long journey and life beyond research can require one to take a break from study, whether for work or health reasons. In this blog post, Giles Penman talks about his recent experience of temporary withdrawal.

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The Age Conundrum

By Rupika Gulati

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Why I won’t be taking the fall for my imposter anxieties.

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Last week I felt something that I’ve felt building for some time: a sense that I was incapable of completing my PhD. It was that nauseating feeling that there was something wrong with me. Overthinker or obsessive? Perfectionist or slow? Surely, the grass is greener somewhere else.

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Managing Health Conditions During your PhD

As research students, our work in libraries and laboratories is intellectually difficult whatever your subject. Having a medical condition or disability can make completing researching even more challenging. However, support and guidance are readily available at Warwick. Giles Penman explains how the University has helped him survive and thrive as a PhD student with medical conditions and where you can find similar support services.

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Pandemic and PhD #3: Love and Lockdown

The COVID pandemic has been very challenging for everyone in many ways. As doctoral students whose work keeps us relatively isolated in libraries and labs anyway, we have faced extra isolation and problems of access to research materials. But, as the UK moves out of lockdown restrictions, in a series of blog posts, Giles Penman looks reflects on his time as a PhD student during the pandemic. In the final part, he describes how he found love amid the UK lockdowns.

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Engaging with Reading Clubs: Using a Quiet Hobby to Make Friends

Reading is often a lone-person hobby. Research often involves reading itself, so the last thing you want to do in your spare time is read even more. But it’s also not exactly the best way to make friends. Except when coupled with clubs. Manpreet Kaur shares her experiences of attending various reading clubs and poetry discussion sessions over the past year and how she found it.

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Pandemic and PhD #2: Maintaining Physical Wellbeing

The COVID pandemic has been very challenging for everyone in many ways. As doctoral students whose work keeps us relatively isolated in libraries and labs anyway, we have faced extra isolation and problems of access to research materials because of COVID restrictions. But, as the UK moves out of lockdown restrictions, in a series of blog posts, Giles Penman reflects on his time as a PhD student during the pandemic. In this part, he describes how he preserved his physical wellbeing during the first lockdown.