Acceptance to Graduate School of Social Sciences

I still have trouble processing this information. I can’t believe it’s true as I have constantly been dreaming of this moment for the past year. So my over-enthusiasm burst into action in the context of receiving an official acceptance letter and daydreaming about how this PhD. experience will change my life.

Stories have been told, blogs and articles have been written and these are a few of the most interesting ones out there:

A PhD. students’ blog and his story on how the blog saved his PhD.

http://www.nextscientist.com/writing-science-blog-saved-phd/

Best PhD. website ever – especially if you’re a comics fan (like I am)

http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php

An interesting article from The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/postgraduate/why-writing-a-phd-is-still-a-lifechanging-personal-journey-444247.html

Just a bit of reading before actually starting to lay out the main reasons why I want to write this blog. When referring to the literature on language and writing, there is a general functional distinction between language as action and language as reflection, what Halliday calls the pragmatic and mathetic macrofunctions of language (Halliday 1978). According to this writing has (1) the function of interpersonal action and (2) the function of individual reflection, it is a way of creating personal meaning, that is for oneself and at the same time for others. There are, however, also references to more specific uses and functions of writing such as: the memory supportive, the distancing, the reifying, the social control, the interactional, and the aesthetic.

For the purpose here, I would like to refer to this blog initiative as having 3 main functions:

1) Knowledge sharing function: planning to share knowledge, tips & tricks on scientific writing, literature review, methodology and presentation skills.

2) Social function: creating a network, documenting the experience of writing a PhD – connecting with other students, helping and learning from each other, sharing experiences (I would like to invite guest writers, people who like to share their PhD adventures).

3) Motivational function: in times of trouble finding a relief, writing about the difficulties that may arise and discussing different strategies of overcoming them.

Having written such an “Ars poetica”, a statement of purpose and motivation, I feel an overall pleasant state of mind, I feel as if I am embarking on a very exciting and extremely difficult journey to travel across a virtual continent with many “death traps”, high peaks and very dark waters, a 3 year experience that will surely change everything.

It’s like preparing and running a marathon, writing and performing an award-winning music album or movie, it’a long term effort that might even not be worth the while, right? Because in the end if it’s not awesome or not good enough it’s for nothing. How many people run the marathon, how many people play music or write movie scripts? A lot. But how many of them rank #1? Just a few. And if you’re not in the very few, you don’t count.

My purpose is to rank #1. My decision is to prepare simultaneously for running a marathon, this way have both sides of the story: the abstract, research proposal, questions and literature review and the more empirical, physical activity of running from A to B in a specific period of time. Mind and body control.

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