I never thought I would be the research type. I had planned on finishing my University education at postgraduate diploma level and launch into the working world from there. As plans go, it possibly erred too much on the optimistically vague … Read More
About MeganMegan is a full-time graduate student in Psychology, who is currently trying to write her Master’s thesis in between the absurd amount of time she spends driving her teenage children places. She has studied with Massey University for more years than she cares to remember, and credits her education for teaching her to persist in the face of overwhelming doubt. Megan plans to carry her studies through to doctoral level, and hopes one day to return to such mythical activities as socialising with friends and reading books for sheer pleasure.
When I first imagined writing up a thesis, I looked at the suggested word count and fainted shrugged. It’s just like 10 small essays, I thought, or 5 long ones. And you get a whole year, and no classes or … Read More
Well, not actually triffids. I’m not even sure what triffids really are, other than overly aggressive people-eating plants. This may be all I need to know. I am quite sure, though, that you’d never expect one to pop out from behind the hedge in … Read More
I can’t tell you why, but as soon as I had written the title of this post, the Edwin Starr song “War” started to play involuntarily in my head, on incessant repeat, but with the word “war” replaced by the word “blog”. … Read More
I’m getting toward the pointy end of my thesis, the stage where I start to wonder what kind of insanity I was suffering from on the day I decided to enrol in a research degree. Optimistic Delusion Disorder, I believe it’s called, whereby … Read More
I remember my first day on Massey’s Albany campus, returning to study full-time at the age of 37. It was sunny, and I was running late. I already had a degree in English Literature, earned slowly over the years in … Read More