Keeping in touch

As is inevitable with a doctoral programme, the cohort has dispersed somewhat over the two and a half years that we’ve been together. Some have made a conscious decision to pause their studies, others wanted to take more time after passing the first stage to ensure that the thesis is what they really want to study. It’s hard to be sure, but I reckon about a third of us are on track for the January 2014 submission, the original ‘four year’ plan.
Contact within the group varies, but I have managed to keep in touch with a few people. One particular friendship provided the opportunity for an unforgettable holiday, and early in August we headed off to Toronto, and then caught the train up to Northern Ontario, to stay with a PhD ‘buddy’ for a few days.
The chance to talk face to face, share our hopes and fears without the technological ‘barrier’ of Skype was really beneficial, helped by great hospitality, and also our travel companions and partners reminding us that we might be getting a little too introspective.
I won’t turn this into a photo album, but a couple of pics of our stay are I feel appropriate here. Whilst we may not be able to make this sort of contact very often, it is valued and appreciated.




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