hahaha very sensible of you to study, if only I had been more like that!
Rome was fun! I think we were pretty sick of travelling by that point so didnt do heaps of touristy things. In Thailand now and a couple of friends have joined us so its been pretty fun. I am kind of looking forward to going home! only about 3 weeks left now!
Sorry that I took so long to reply! Thanks - better late than never. =p
There's a whole bunch, but us astro students are off-campus atm so we don't see many of the others. There's a bunch though, maybe 20 or so?
7 hour assignment was just doing the exam in an open book environment due the same day, is all. But studying helped as the course ended a couple months previous, I didn't want to relearn it all in one day. @_@
How much longer do you have left? And how was Rome? I liked it when I went there. =)
hahaha doesn't matter where it comes from as long as you are getting $$!! How many PhD students are there? I know your genius friend is also one! haha
lol 7 hour assignment sounds like a terrible day! Law was the best because all our exams were open book, so I never had to study! Assignments are the worst because you have to put effort in. And also reference. I am a terrible footnoter.
Casual trip to America in March sounds pretty good to me. You should harass your supervisor in a friendly and non-detrimental manner. I am going to Rome today - it is my last stop before we leave Europe! This trip has gone so fast!
'They pay me' = the scholarship which they allocate to PhD students pays for my studies. :V
7 hour assignment. It's an honours course, so the honours students have to do it as an exam, in exam conditions. But as I'm just doing it for credit for my PhD, I can take it out of the exam room and work on it as an assignment; it's just due at 5pm the same day.
I will likely go for conferences and/or collaborations with other scientists at some point outside of Australia, but it's a bit early to say when and where (still ~ 2.5 years left to go after all). My supervisor did mention America around March in passing all casual like though!
That is a bit intense, having to do coursework with your PhD... I just thought you'd do research and they would pay you because your work gave them prestige etc. Are you going to do the 7 hour assignment or an exam? That sounds so weird!
Are you going to go overseas for anything? You definitely should! Are you still thinking about moving out as well?
Yeah, but unlike previous uni years, and like real jobs, I actually get money!
There are some marks for coursework that we have to do in physics at Sydney uni (some other places don't require coursework in phd), but much less across the three or so years than say in my honours year, thankfully, and I don't need to worry about getting the best marks possible. I have an exam this Friday in fact, which I can do as a 7 hour assignment (yes, it's weird). Hopefully that'll be my last ever assessment!
Otherwise no marks as such; the thesis has to be good enough to be approved by examiners when it's submitted, but otherwise I am left to my own devices in getting stuff done, along with my supervisors. And no, I don't just get extra money. =p I can get funding from organisations I am part of (e.g. CSIRO) for overseas travel for conferences though!
Oh real jobs are the worst. I am a bit sad to start mine and not be able to holiday whenever I want! Do you get marks for phd things? or extra money if they like what you are doing?
Well I am being stingy some time so I can be not stingy other times!! I am in Innsbruck now. It's boring. And the hotel I'm in charges 15 euro a day for internet. So obvi I'm in the lobby using the free wifi. Dumb place.