Week 52: The last week of 2017

I am about to leave for my four-month fieldwork in Japan. All the preparation – recruiting research participants, preparing ethics statements and consent forms, and confirming research locations – is done. But there is still some preparation to be done for the conducting of focus groups of patients, which will provide supplemental data in the […]

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Week 51: Our first Christmas together

My research workload was really small in Week 51. I spent most of the time contacting research participants, shopping for Christmas stuff and cleaning the kitchen, dining space and bathroom. On Tuesday, my main supervisor invited me to lunch. It was a pleasure to have a nice farewell lunch with her before my departure for […]

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Week 50: Christmas socials

I attended Christmas socials at my school and enjoyed having a chat with colleagues whom I had not had an opportunity to talk to on campus. We also discussed our research methods and shared some concerns about analysis over drinks. We do not have such exchanges very often because most of my colleagues are busy […]

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Week 49: Paperwork and social

This week, I finished all my tasks relating to the information statements and consent forms for my fieldwork. One of the research participants suggested I increase the font size of the documents to make them easier to read. I changed the size from 11 pt to 12-14 pt and the line spacing from single to […]

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Week 48: The last meeting before departure

It is hard to believe that December is already upon us, with the end of the year just ahead. How quickly time passes. This week, I had the last supervision meeting of 2017 and gained much advice on how I should prepare for my fieldwork, observations and focus groups. (I ended up including focus groups […]

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