Put most simply, being the partner of a Ph D student largely means accepting that the Thesis is the biggest part of both of your lives, and is a far bigger player in how your relationship goes than either of you are. There are a lot of advice-to-students articles about how to maintain relationships, but how does that translate for the single Grad student? I gave up fiction in about 2008 when I got accepted into my Master’s program. I’m not really self-involved, just obsessed with the thesis. I should plan that now, if I don’t have publications I will probably never get a job. My thesis is great though, I’m so excited, it’s such a privilege to do research in an area I love. Also, if we’re on a date and I run away half way through it’s probably because I’ve just worked out what theoretical framework to use to make sense of my third empirical chapter, rather than because you aren’t great. The Asian Social Work and Policy Review seeks to encourage exchanges of original ideas, rigorous analysis of experiences, innovative practice methods founded on local knowledge and skills of problem solving in the areas of social work and social policy between various countries in Asia.
To address this, I thought I would offer my own, painful insight, by making suggestions for what an academic’s honest dating profile might look like. Except Harry Potter, which I find is a good cure for academic insomnia. But is there a difference between myself and the Ph D? Except I am a complete failure, I am definitely going to be alone forever, and definitely not going to have a career in academia.
There's a girl I pass in the corridor maybe once every couple of weeks.
Once she wasn't with people so I said "hi" and gave her a nice smile, but that's all... What do Ph D students actually do to try and meet partners?
When you meet someone new, there’s nothing worse than the abject horror that appears on their face when you casually mention your Ph D-status.