Researching and writing a thesis is a long, arduous task made up of zillions of smaller jobs and more ‘manageable’ chunks. There are countless ups and downs, and it is indeed a massive test of endurance more so than a flash of individual brilliance. Being in the thick of this ongoing process and immersed in its various associated hazards is alternately fulfilling and exasperatingly difficult on many levels and in a multitude of ways.  While working towards the end product itself, there is the assumption that you will present papers, travel, attend conferences, publish papers, book chapters, journal articles, and teach.  And mark the same essays semester after semester.  All while juggling a life outside the solitude of scholarship and the various demands placed on us by family, friends, spouses and children.  And there is still the house to clean and the bills to pay. And the errands to run.

Then, realising that your meagre scholarship funds are due to cease a whole year out from final submission, you chew over the fact that you will soon have to take on yet another job.

On top of all this,  exciting post-doctoral opportunities advertised in cyberspace ensures your optimism just as quickly turns to bewilderment when you realize that on top of needing to have your doctoral in hand at the time of said appointment, the lucky applicant is also expected to be not simply computer literate, but at complete ease with building websites from scratch, and generally armed with the skills and tricks of computer technicians and soft ware designers.  



About Melanie

Artist with penchant for art history. Knit-addicted maker of things. Finished a phD thesis on eighteenth-century art. Love for mythology, folklore, music, stories, the trivial, random and accidental. I frequently contradict myself.
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