Differences Between US and UK Graduation Ceremonies, and Highlights of Canterbury

Hi everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts recently, but last week I was in the UK to officially graduate and get my PhD degree! After going through two ceremonies in the US for my Bachelors and Masters degrees, I found it so interesting to participate in a UK ceremony. If you’re studying abroad in the UK or just fascinated by all things British (I’m guilty of both!), here are some observations I made throughout the day of my graduation.

Not Canterbury! This is London, where my family & I were staying. We took the bus to Canterbury in the morning and returned in the evening.

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Throw Away Your Gantt Chart: Making Progress on Your PhD

Have you created a Gantt Chart to organize your PhD project into different phases and estimate how long each phase might take? This is suggested by many PhD supervisors to not only help PhD students break down each milestone into more manageable tasks, but it also helps PhD supervisors monitor a student’s progress. I admit, I think this is helpful at the beginning of the PhD journey as it forced me to think about the major milestones of my project and what each phase entailed. It also provided a guideline as to when I might reasonably finish my PhD. But as with all good plans, sometimes unexpected things happen and schedules have to be readjusted! Here’s how I was able to make progress on my PhD and finish early, without following my Gantt Chart.

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Secrets for Writing a Successful Literature Review

After a few weeks focusing on traveling in Europe, it’s back to being a PhD student this week!

One of the first and probably last milestones you’ll work on in your PhD is the literature review. I say first milestone because within the first six months of starting a PhD, supervisors most likely will ask new students to submit a literature review for their  research topics, which will help them gain an overview of the types of related research that has been conducted and what research is missing or needs to be done.

I also say last milestone because before submitting a thesis, the literature review should be updated to include any new research that has been conducted. After all, you want your References section to have lots of recent publications to show that you know the current state of your research topic!

Based on my own experience and my colleagues’, the literature review is probably the most overlooked section once the main study and analysis has been conducted. Therefore, I offer you some advice when writing your literature review, either as a new PhD student or a PhD student getting ready to submit your thesis.

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Pros & Cons of Becoming a Student Again

Last week I discussed quitting my full-time job to move abroad and get a PhD. In this post, I’ll discuss both the pros and cons of becoming a FT student again after years of working FT.

Considering whether or not to quit my job, applying, and moving abroad were only a few of the concerns I had of becoming a PhD student and studying abroad.

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Quitting your Full-Time job to move abroad and get a PhD

Quitting a FT job for a PhD means giving up a  steady paycheck for another coveted piece of paper

Have you been working at the same job for over 5 years? Do you love to travel? Are you thinking of going for a PhD? Then this post is for you!

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What to expect when you apply for the Tier 4 General UK student visa

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Let’s be honest, it’s probably a lot cheaper and a lot less of a hassle to find a PhD program in the country you live in. You potentially have to spend money visiting the school, and then there are also the flight, overweight baggage fees, and international student tuition costs to consider.  Even before all of that, there are essential forms you need to fill out to obtain your student visa.  But don’t despair!  It’s a daunting process, but it can be broken down into manageable steps.  This post will hopefully shed some light into this complicated process.

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