Six Weeks

The last day of the conference wasn’t so bad. Mostly because a) I cried my eyes out to my co-coordinator and she totally understood (even though she’s an extrovert), and b) the sessions for that day were in smaller groups. I feel quite motivated now to do a few more things before I’m officially done with the program at the end of July.

My defense is six weeks from today. I’ve decided that I’m going to keep going in from 9-5pm, as usual, and just break up my day because there are a ton of things I need to do by the end of July:

  • study for my defense
  • prepare my public lecture (40-45 minutes)
  • prepare my talk for conference in Rio (10-15 minutes)
  • prepare a poster for conference in Rio
  • potentially work on revisions of paper #2 (although we might leave this until August)
  • complete capstone project for education workshop
  • wrap up some loose ends with astronomy outreach program
  • do a few things for my science outreach program (organize volunteer appreciation dinner; print banner; organize office; train new coordinators; write annual report; start looking for funding; get better web address)
  • prepare for our trip to South America
  • oh…do normal things too!
It looks like a lot, but a lot of them will take part of a day or so (like all the outreach stuff). I’m glad I have a lot to do before I defend – I’d go totally nuts if all I had to do was study!

Speaking of which – for those of you who have defended your PhD – how did you study for your defense? Any thing work really well? Anything that was useless or didn’t help much?

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  1. Heh, I studied for my defense by redoing my data and analysis FOUR TIMES the week before. I would not recommend that technique. 🙂 You sound busy, but it's all good stuff. South America is going to be a welcome reward! Good luck.

    Do you still need personal accounts for your imposter syndrome study? Please email me if you do (academomia at gmail). I am a little scattered these days but I'd like to contribute.

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  2. I made sure to have a chat with my examiners (not the external obviously since he wasn't here) about the thesis, if there were parts they had questions about, a general discussion about the thesis work and it's strengths and weaknesses… that gave me a good idea of the kind of things they might ask in the exam. Then, I spent a LOT of time in coffee shops reading literature. I found I couldn't study at home or in the lab because there were too many distractions. But by moving to a different environment I really got good at concentrating at learning the things I was reading. Good luck!

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