Category Archives: Academic Hacking

My Way of Living the Ph.D. Student Life


February 20, 2014

Working as a Ph.D. student is a little bit different from many other types of work. On the one hand, Ph.D. students to a large extent have the freedom to organize and plan their own work and time, and on the other hand they are responsible for pushing a research project forward, for conceptualizing and synthesizing new ideas and for analyzing results and data. Succeeding with all of this requires a flexible mindset, perseverance and a lot of hard work.

However, a Ph.D. project takes several years, and to be able to continue to learn and develop the project, it is important to do other things, to have hobbies, to see friends, to travel and a lot more.

In this post, I share some of the things that I do and that constitute my way of living the Ph.D. student life. Most of it is not directly related to my Ph.D. project and my research, but indirectly helps in my work, and I hope that present and future Ph.D. students will find it inspirational. Continue reading…

“It’s a PhD, not a Nobel Prize”


January 4, 2014

“A PhD is a stepping stone into a research career. All you need to do is to demonstrate your capacity for independent, critical thinking. That’s all you need to do. A PhD is three years of solid work, not a Nobel Prize.” Continue reading…