Today I officially enrolled and started my PhD. I was very jittery as I walked to the uni, worrying that there wouldn’t be anyone there that I got on with. I needn’t have worried, there were 10 or 11 other PhD students starting in my department and they were all really friendly.
Everyone was in the same boat and equally nervous, which I think is the reason we bonded so quickly! They’re all doing really exciting research and come from a diverse range of backgrounds. I’m the youngest of the group (but only just) and know that I’ll definitely pick up tips from their previous research and life experiences. Hearing about the projects everyone is doing reminds me how valuable cultural/ social research is and the difference it can make to people’s lives.
Although the facilities on offer at the campus might seem to be the most important aspect, for me it’s the people. From looking around more today, I could see that the university has fantastic facilities such as the library and lots of social/ study spaces. All of this is very important, but it’s the support network around me that will affect me more. From reading other blogs and talking to other PhD students, I think this is true for a lot of people!
My first meeting with my supervisors will be tomorrow. I’m so excited to meet with them and come up with a plan/ outline concerning where I’ll start with my research. And then I can finally start the research! So I’m feeling extremely grateful today to have been given the opportunity to begin this journey, something I’ve worked towards for a long time.