profile photo 2I started a part-time Doctor of Social Work at the University of Sydney in February 2012, and transferred across to a PhD in July 2013. My background is in nursing and social work (I have Bachelor degrees in both), and I work part-time for the Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group.

I moved to Sydney full-time in early 2012, having spent the previous 16 months sharing my time between my husband here and the rest of our family interstate. Now my kids are grown up and independent and my parents are, similarly, active and independent (they’ve always been very grown up) and I am in a phase of life that feels very much like a second go at my early twenties – living in the inner ‘burbs, working, studying, eating out, going to concerts, (re)learning to play my guitar, piano and double bass…and loving it all.

As I said in my opening post, the intentions of this blog are to:

  • document my experiences,
  • reflect on what I’m learning (and to be able to look back on where I’ve been),
  • increase my accountability to myself and to my supervisors,

and hopefully

  • share some of this with other postgrad students along the way.

The blog is not going to include specifics about the data I’m collecting or any other information that for ethical or procedural reasons is not publicly available. Rather, it will include such things as my reflections on the experience of undertaking a research higher degree, thoughts on stuff (an academic term, obviously) that I’ve read, and process-y things like goals and milestones.

All views and thoughts expressed in this blog are mine alone, and not necessarily the views of the university, my supervisors, or my peers.

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