Since finishing my conclusion two weeks ago (Week 161), I’ve worked on editing the methodology chapter – which still needs more work.
The past seven days have been hectic. I had no time to sit and write (finding time to write quietly was so tough), but I immersed myself in a four-day workshop on analytical psychology in London, meeting a lot of people (ended up drinking with the attendees every evening), and preparing to give my presentation for a module seminar.
Everything went well. I am back to normal and relaxing at home today.
I was able to share my research experience with 106 first-year students in the Health Sciences department. They are future health professionals in medical and social care: many of them were young, some looked like mature adults, and their nationalities were so diverse.
My supervisor was invited to run the session, but then she included me to assist her. We were so pleased to be there because, although we research a variety of health contexts, we are normally based in Arts and Humanity. In the seminar, we shared social science perspectives, and I presented a case study. We then discussed dimensions of human interactions that may impact on health consultations. I truly enjoyed hearing the students’ thoughts and experiences, and it was impressive that some of them already had some practical experience.
The interdisciplinary session was very interesting because we shared different views of analysing and managing a patient’s case. It was beneficial for both health professionals and social science researchers. Some students asked me what ‘communicative dimensions’ meant exactly. It’s a term many linguists use, but often we don’t notice jargon or think about how to explain the various terms we use to people in different fields. This raised my awareness of others’ views and transformed our knowledge from conceptual to more practical.
I also attended a workshop between Monday and Thursday, which focused on therapeutic approaches to the inner child. There was so much to absorb and digest… I will record what I learnt another time.
My motivation has returned, and I’m ready to finish writing the first draft of my thesis.
My achievements in weeks 162 and 163
- Fulfilled my commitment to the seminar and workshop.
Goals for week 164
- Edit Chapter 4.
- Send my application for a postdoc position.