Diary of a PhD Student: Week 1, spring semester

On Tuesday my PhD classes will begin and the new spring semester will officially start. However, it actually feels like the winter semester never quite ended with all the conference abstracts to submit and journal submissions to edit. This week I have to write one paper and finish editing another.

Last week I was made the international secretariat of the World Creativity Summit which is happening in Taipei this June in conjunction with InSea. This is a lot of extra work. There are documents to review, emails to send out, and important people to call- every day. Part of me is worried about how this extra responsibility is going to impact my life until the conference in June. Already the conference has taken over my entire weekend.

Last week was a trying week. At work there were renovations interrupting my teaching. I went upstairs to the office to find a repair man drilling into concrete right outside my window. Went to use the computers in the library but they were all full. Got lipstick on a new blouse. Discovered I can be too generous with friends. Met a professor at my art exhibit only to find the building closed. Spilled coffee.

I also find that in order to really write my head needs to be clear. I have to isolate myself and just focus on the subject at hand. All this is hard to do when you have about twenty emails a day demanding your immediate attention.

My photography has also not been up for a while because two of my memory cards have crashed and I cannot access the photos on them. The good news is that I’ve been asked to do cover photographs for Taipei Pictorial magazine. This is something that means a lot to me and I am going to make time for it and enjoy the process. That’s all for now…

Click this link to view Diary of a PhD student Week 7 the good and Week 7: the bad


4 Responses to “Diary of a PhD Student: Week 1, spring semester”

  1. February 24, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Stay strong! I thought I had a really bad week last week but I feel better about mine now hearing what you went through.

    You’re being amazingly productive for an ex-pat in Taiwan and you should be really proud of everything you’re doing and how well rounded your life is in a foreign land. You’re an inspiration!

  2. February 25, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Thanks Catharine. You are a really nice person and your words mean a lot.

  3. 3 Elin
    December 31, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I really scared to continue study to phd level… But i think you’re enjoy it right??? Actually i just fill in the phd form but not sure want to submit or not….Anyway Good luck…

  4. March 20, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Hi,I am from China,welcome to my space.

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