Monthly Archives: November 2015

PhD passion and pragmatism

During the “How to Survive your PhD” MOOC, in the discussion on Curiosity, a topic came up that raised my hackles a bit. The question was raised of how to generate passion in students who just wanted to “do what’s required and … Continue reading

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How not to be an instant expert

An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t. Although the Internet has changed our information landscape, the definition of education provided … Continue reading

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The Lifecycle of a PhD Butterfly

There are PhD metaphors everywhere, on blogs and even academic papers, but none have really resonated with me. Sporting events like marathons are outside my experience (and my comfort zone); I have never been one for artistic endeavours like sculpture or … Continue reading

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Chasing squirrels

I am extremely easily distracted. It may even be my superpower. I have scattered and skittish ideas and a short attention span. I used to call it my goldfish brain, but as I am currently living in the US, chasing squirrels seems … Continue reading

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