As with many things in life, when it comes to my PhD, I often wistfully think that I wish I knew what I do now, back when I was I an undergraduate and then Masters student. I was desperate for a PhD. I knew that I wanted to carve out a life steeped in research and discovery and, from hours spent scouring job advertisements, I saw that all the opportunities that appealed to me most required a PhD to apply. I finished my degree in 2006 and it wasn’t until 2014 that I finally realised my dream of being accepted as a PhD student. It has been a long, convoluted, and at times, rocky road that, with a lot of hard work and a little serendipity, lead me to where I am now. I’d like to share the basics of the story to hopefully help anyone that is currently applying…

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