December 7 – Community
Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
(Author: Cali Harris)
Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010?
I had a very good experience at my first conference last year in 2010.
I was afraid that no one would be interested in my research because I just started it. I was afraid that I would not be taken seriously because I am new to research (and only 25, and female).
But it turned out to be just the opposite way around. Having “TU Delft” on my name-tag was enough for people to come up to me and talk to me. Or they would just come and talk to me, just interested in my research and curious what brought me to the conference.
I felt accepted by my scientific community.
What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
Professionally, I would like to connect more to fellow PhD students in other fields and around the world, and share thoughts and ideas on research and how to do a PhD. There are many similarities valid for all fields in the skills you need to manage a big research project like your own PhD. I would love to learn from others, reflect on their and my experiences and improve my ways.