What is the mongrel PhD?
Well, me. I am a mongrel PhD. I was a PhD barista for two years, and now I am an Admin Person by day, PhD by night.
I am a mongrel PhD because I am a tightrope walker, self-funded doctoral student. I am a mongrel PhD because I am part time. I am a mongrel PhD because the traditional conception of things and the self-help blogs and books about what doing a PhD is like have never really applied to me. After having read many fulltimer (pedigree) PhD blogs and attended workshops with advice on time management for people who have time to spare (and sometimes waste!), I decided to write my own blog about the experience of doing a PhD the unorthodox way.
My name is Noe and I have been living happily in Glasgow for the past eight years. The proud mother of two baby hamsters, slightly ‘mental’, of dubious Mediterranean origin, basketball official and terrible player, and the wife of a ‘Strayan lady. She suggested the mongrel idea, seems like an Australian thing. So here we are.
Ps. After the ‘Strayan lady had suggested the word “mongrel” to label my PhD, I saw Dr Inger Mewburn, aka the Thesis Whisperer, using it to describe her reading techniques, and instantly fell in love with both the term and the Thesis Whisperer. I have been a proper groupie since then. So, to avoid any potential allegations of plagiarism, I thought fit to refer to her website for further information about mongrels.
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