The Toddler’s Guide to Doing a PhD

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The Thesis Whisperer

This post was written by Jonathan Downie, a PhD student, conference interpreter, public speaker and translator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He co-edits LifeinLINCS the unofficial blog of the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University. He is married with two children. His newest blog Rock Your Talk aims to help people keep on improving in their public speaking.

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 4.33.13 PMThe last time I posted, I mentioned in passing that I am the proud dad of a toddler (and, by the time this goes out, a new baby too!). As any parent will tell you, you learn as much from your children as they learn from you.

It just so happens that in the past few months my son has taught me a lot about doing a PhD.

He is exploring the world and learning to walk. I just wish I had learned it all sooner! Here is my shortlist…

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Everlasting

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During the ups and downs in life, people come and go, some of them stay, and during that time we evolve and change.
Saying goodbye always hurts, after any experience bad or good. Sometimes is healthy to say goodbye to some people. It’s always hard to be strong and not to turn back.
Giving several opportunities to someone it’s not that you’re weak is just that you don’t want to loose hope in someone or something.
Like coming back to school, after several years Os studying certain subjects, starting from scratch again is not easy. Thanks to life, people are showing me support, which we all need.
We all need people, our people, just saying…

Today you, Tomorrow me

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