Saturday, October 11, 2008

I have a supervisor

Yep, I'm halfway there, with the fabulous, prestigious supervisor of my dreams.
Now I just have to get through the entire, ridiculous application process with the Uni.
Most galling aspect? Having to pay for an academic transcript to provide with my application when they can and will bring up the same information in about 10 seconds on their computer.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

PhD Application

The whole PhD application process is not going smoothly, in part because I have to get everything finished early (I leave for Vietnam next Wednesday), and in part because of the foolishness of the whole application process. But I won't vent here, because I want to stay positive.
I am putting together a bibliography for my application, but it is very difficult because most of the books on my subject are simply not in any Australian libraries - so when I get back next year I'm going to need to do a big buy-up with Amazon or ABE.
Right now the whole application process is frozen because I need to hear from key people, and if there's one thing I've learned it's that academics simply won't be hurried. Very difficult to cope with when one has come from the corporate world.
Anyway, I'm off to check my student email once more, and then to sit down and read Samuel Smiles. He will inspire me to complete my application.