Hello and welcome to my blog!
I’m currently doing a PhD in marine science in the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. My PhD project basically tries to find out: Why do Long-nosed fur seals alternate their foraging strategies? Oceanographic vs. life-history drivers.
I decided to start this blog to document my PhD journey. I’ll share all aspects of my PhD experience here, from the academic related things I learnt from my project, to the philosophical and personal insights I gain from the challenges I encounter along the way. This will be my outlet to vent (or reflect in a civilised manner) when I’m feeling stressed about PhD stuff.
Just 6 months into my PhD, I already encountered many challenges and learnt or am still learning from them. Some may be more research/academia-specific but I think most problems are applicable to Life in general. I hope sharing the lessons I learnt and how I could have done things better can help others, specifically researchers. As the saying goes “Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others”. I think I’m that fool, but hopefully not too much. I’m mostly convinced that climbing Mt PhD is worthwhile and is a path in the right direction. I’ll probably feel unmotivated at times, but I know once I reach the top the view will be spectacular and I’ll forget how difficult it was. So join me on this significant journey as I overcome obstacles (or rather grab opportunities) and celebrate the small wins and triumphs.
To keep my sanity, I stay physically and mentally active through cycling, Ultimate Frisbee and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I usually commute to uni on my bicycle and listen to either the Tim Ferris Show, Joe Rogan Experience, or the Rich Roll Podcast while I ride. These podcasts give me my daily dose of inspiration and information that plays a big part in shaping my world view. I try to live mindfully and apply stoic philosophy every day. I don’t have a dream job, I think I could do any job as long as it’s meaningful and contributes to a better world (e.g. solving overfishing, marine pollution). I’d rather be a jack of all trades, and believe it’s possible to be a pretty good master at all of them as long as you put in hard work.