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A PhD Rollercoaster: A Diary of the Ups and Downs of Being a Doctoral Student

Narrated by: Nilam McGrath, Jeff Stump
Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
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What's it really like to do a PhD? There are lots of books of the "how to" variety for organizing yourself, dealing with supervisors, and writing papers and theses. But what about the emotional journey? What about the changes to your health, your social life, and your relationships with those closest to you? What about all the mistakes you make while trying to figure things out? And what if you're not sure about life as an academic? What then? 

Researcher and writer Nilam McGrath passed her PhD with no corrections and then spent a decade helping PhD students navigate their PhD journeys through her popular Ups and Downs of PhDs workshop. In this book, she weaves together her personal PhD experiences with those of her workshop participants, with one clear message for all doctoral students: you are not alone. 

If you've ever felt lonely, isolated, stressed or just down-right confused at any point during your PhD, then this no-nonsense book, with its top tips and learning points from each year, will reassure you that it happens to the best of us and that there is light and (a good) life at the end of the dark, anxiety-ridden tunnel.

©2017 Nilam McGrath (P)2018 Nilam McGrath

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Good for the author

How is this a rollercoaster? Her PhD goes extremely well. How about those who are actually STRUGGLING HARD with their PhD, finance wise, research wise, relationship wise . This book just made me feel worse in all honesty. Her downs are my bloody ups!

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