I wasn’t planning on writing an end of year post on DailyPhD but I was just doing a little Twitter scrolling and saw a few posts about memories of 2015 (I’m looking at you Dr Mike). It made me think a little about the year and it made me want to share :). So here it goes, from my cosy spot on the sofa, my 2015 round up.
Professionally, a lot of great stuff happened this year (and of course a lot of experiments also failed!). I started the 3rd year of my PhD, attended 2 international conferences, was a Young Microbiologist of the Year Finalist, taught several Brilliant Club courses (including maths!), supervised my first Masters student, went to my first event as an invited speaker, and of course started this blog. The response to my blog has been so wonderful and I hope to keep bringing you a realistic view of PhD life into 2016 and beyond.
Personally the year was pretty special as well. My boyfriend and I bought our first house (and it’s beautiful and I’m even more in love with it than when we first moved in). I’ve started a garden from scratch and realised this is the perfect metaphor for a PhD (long term, constantly evolving and can’t all be done at once, but that doesn’t mean you don’t see results as you go). I’ve honed my DIY skills and we just hosted our first Christmas. Finally, to really finish the year in style we got engaged and surprised our families on Christmas day. I couldn’t imagine a better way to finish 2015.
Good luck for 2016 everyone and of course, as always, thank you so, so much for reading.