Week 1

Registration and the induction programme for PhD students took place this week. There were 20 new students in this Spring semester, seven of them belong to my faculty. One great thing about the new student life is that individual desks, lockers, office facilities, a shower and kitchen are allocated for us in a room on campus.

At the same time as feeling excited, I am also feeling a bit lonely. When I started my MA programme last year, I had so many students and flatmates around me, so we were able to share information and help each other. This time, I need to ask my supervisors or office staff when I have any question no matter how small. I just want more opportunities to meet students in the same school.

I spent this weekend making a course syllabus and lesson plan for language classes which I am going to teach starting next week. It is still taking so much time. I will need to spend a few more days making some activity sheets.

My proper research life is going to start tomorrow. I will go to ‘my office’ at 9 am and work until 6 pm. Although nobody checks whether I am on campus or not, I would like to have a routine.

The first assignment this week is to

  • complete a few programmes on data protection acts and information security
  • meet my supervisors
  • finish preparing teaching materials for the first lesson

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