Thursday, March 12, 2009

Brief Update I have been away too long.

Recent events include:

- Getting one distinction and one merit, and deciding to apply for a PhD anyway (and then changing my mind the minute the application was in and it was too late)

- Having the worst Friday 13th of my *entire life*, involving broken lifts interrupting my studies and forgotten passports nearly ruining Dublin holidays (but The Girl, ever the hero, had us on another flight by the next day)

- Broken powered wheels, frustrating inabilities to focus on work, general irritation at PAs (it's not personal), and a DAN demo that I almost didn't make it to (but some great friends helped me out and I got there in the end).

Currently having:

- A month of (mild, fortunately) depression over missing The Girl, perceiving exploitation in my department (whether or not it's real), and generally being tired and in pain 

- Some surprise, some worry and a general ontological crisis following acceptance onto my PhD (but I probably won't get funded, so I'm trying not to worry too much yet)

- Delight at finding a doctor from whom I can get exactly what I want, when I want it, and realising that it's partly because I now know what I want and when I want it.

Going back to debates over professional power, emancipatory research, and women and medicine now.


Elizabeth McClung said...

I am sorry you had a very bad Friday the thirteenth. And I am glad that you got into the Ph.D. program as you can choose whether it is for you or not once you find out about funding.

I am VERY glad you have a doctor who you can get what you want and I am very glad that you know what you want, that sounds very empowering!

Sorry about the depression and the exploitation in your department.

Thanks for the update, I really appreciate it.

JaneB said...

Exciting to hear about the PhD programme - and the tame Dr! Sorry things are a bit grey right now, but spring is coming, and sounds like you have plenty of opportunities opening up which is exciting. Plus of course congrats on the distinction