'I also make a point every evening of organizing, labelling, and filing away in my hard-drive everything I collect on that day so that I don’t return to a huge, undifferentiated, digital pile of photos with names like “IMG_2874.”'
"Favourite form of procrastination?" "Another cup of tea."
"I...agree with what many others have said here about imposter syndrome. Everyone has it, and if you don’t, what’s your secret?"
"I don’t know that I could have finished my doctoral dissertation if it weren’t for periodic trips to the batting cage."
"The great bell hooks was spot on when she talked about how her work focused on challenging the ‘imperialist white supremacist heteropatriarchy’ – and that’s a fine path to follow."
"I think it is important to remember that feeling overwhelmed is normal."
"I definitely miss interactions, and absolutely soak them up when I am on campus."
"We have the most innovative women artists here in Ireland, and I want to be part of bringing that rich history into the core of Irish Studies as a field."
"[A] mordant sense of humour is a great resource when surrounded by people taking themselves too seriously."
"[L]earning how to do a PhD is a process. Balance is a goal that is important to work towards, but be kind to yourself and make it work for you."
"Even though there is no scientific proof to back me up, I have always found that listening to classical music heightens my receptivity and creativity."
"When I’m practicing or composing new musical ideas, voice memos on my iPhone are invaluable."
"I have to have tea/coffee on hand when I’m writing. It serves as a useful coping mechanism for when words are not appearing during the creative process."
"Everyone works on their conference papers right up till the day they present, especially on the voyage to the conference."
"[W]hen they opened up the library again and I could actually browse the shelves, I didn't know what to do with myself... so much freedom!"
"It is essential to write every day. The faster you put your ideas in black and white, the better."
"Pots of Darjeeling to keep me going. Also, lots of Cadbury milk chocolate. I have simple needs."
"[G]rant applications aren't a lot of work for nothing. Sometimes you get money if you do one."
"What it comes down to is that you are the expert on your work. You have to trust that."
"Oh my god. Just ask for help. You’re not supposed to know it all."
"As usual, I have too many books on the go for my own good."
"I listen to music, go for a long walk, or binge-watch Outlander on Netflix."
"There are so many people that have inspired me in one way or another..."
"Cue cards have become a lifeline..."
"I have a long-standing crush on the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive at National University of Ireland, Galway. That’s normal, right?"
"PhD work can be lonely, and these tools helped me to combat that."
"If I can avoid doing it on the computer, I do."
"No one else *really* knows what they're talking about in the way it seems they do."
"[W]hether I am reading for work or leisure, the common theme is motherhood!"
"Enjoy this time! Also, buy a standing desk and a SAD lamp..."
"I spent many happy years deep in the stacks of precisely the kind of space you’d imagine..."
"Intellectually and in other ways, I am far more a fox than a hedgehog."
"I'm still territorial about my seat in Humanities 2..."