Author Archives: natjosborne

On rejection, confidence, and breaking in pumps

Hi folks, It’s been a rough few weeks for me here in the precariat. Since I submitted my PhD (well, actually, going back earlier than that) I have been pushing very hard. I have been hustling for casual work, applying … Continue reading

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Lost identity

I have been a student for a long time. I didn’t come to university straight from high school, but I have been a tertiary-level student for the last decade. Yep, decade. There are a few gaps in that timeline (one … Continue reading

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Rejection and acceptance

The thing about academic life – especially casual/un(der)-employed academic life – is that you are constantly putting yourself, and your work, out for judgement and scrutiny. It’s tough, unpleasant, and uncomfortable, and it’s hard to maintain the confidence necessary to … Continue reading

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I may not be a Doctor (or The Doctor), but don’t call me ‘Mrs’.

I’m still a few – or many – months away from being a Doctor. If it ever happens. However. A word of warning to the predatory, vanity publishers currently chasing me and my unpublished (and still unrevised) thesis: Don’t call … Continue reading

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Writing hard

First of all – sorry for the big gap. I had some pressing deadlines and a job interview, and as such had even less time than usual for introspection. The job interview was on Friday 13th (yeah, good thing I’m … Continue reading

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Got a letter in the mail…

I got a letter in the mail on Friday from a regional council I applied for a job with a week or two ago. I was at the office spending the day working on a paper with a friend and … Continue reading

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Horror Stories

Turns out, the PhD examination process is a lot like pregnancy/birth.* Why? Two reasons. Firstly, because you hear a lot of horror stories – indeed, everyone has one, if not their own, then their supervisor’s, or their student’s, or their … Continue reading

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