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ohmyphd·a day agoAnswer
14, 24, 26 ✨

14 answered here :)

24. What’s your dream job?

Research and maybe some teaching: reading a lot, thinking a lot, writing what I can. It is basically doing what I do now, only with someone paying me for doing it.
Someone? No? Ok.

26. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

“You are not your PhD thesis”. It was true.

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ohmyphd·a day agoAnswer
7, 14, and 25? 💕

7. How long is the longest you’ve walked at one time?

I was an instructor in a summer camp in the Pyrenees. What was supposed to be a 3-hour-walk ended up being 6-or-7-hours of agony because we all got lost in the woods while we where descending a mountain. All was happiness and relief when we found the road back to our cabin.

14. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Talking of academia, it is successfully finishing my PhD last year. Talking of life, I don’t really know… being still alive counts as an accomplishment?

25. What fictional character do you wish you could meet?

I posted this “Ask game” before reading all of the questions. This is a hard one. I’ll let the nerd side talk: GANDALF. Because I am convinced TOTORO really exists and I will meet him someday.

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ohmyphd·2 days agoText


  1. What would your dream vacation be?
  2. Tell me a random fact about yourself.
  3. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  4. What’s your favorite season?
  5. Do you believe that you can do anything if you put your heart and mind to it?
  6. Would you say you make friends easily?
  7. How long is the longest you’ve walked at one time?
  8. Do you have any allergies?
  9. Would you ever go on a blind date?
  10. Are you an emotional person?
  11. Do you want to have a family when you get older?
  12. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  13. What was your favorite toy growing up?
  14. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  15. Which historical figure would you like to be?
  16. What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
  17. If you could time travel, where would you go?
  18. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
  19. If you could be a cartoon character for a week, who would you be?
  20. What’s your favorite childhood book?
  21. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
  22. What’s your favorite smell in the whole world?
  23. If you could pick a new first name, what would it be?
  24. What’s your dream job?
  25. What fictional character do you wish you could meet?
  26. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
  27. Would you rather be the most popular kid in school or the smartest kid in school?
  28. What is your favorite day of the week?

Go on

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ohmyphd·16 days agoText


Okay you people around the world.

This bastard spreads very fast and seems to be quite resistant. You may catch it (if you haven’t already, even if you don’t notice or you don’t feel anything). 

It will probably be “just like a flu” or “a heavy cold” to you, but not for your elderly, or for many other people that are currently inmunodeficient or have some chronic illness.


Stay home as much as you can, avoid social contact and gatherings (your government will forbid them sooner or later, sooner if they’re smart enough), and wash your hands frequently, as well as gadgets you touch a lot.

It is perfectly explained here:


Don’t panic, but take this very seriously.

Greetings from Spain, where we are already in mandatory isolation.

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ohmyphd·3 months agoText


questions from the woods 🌱

pine 🌲 - what’s something you’ve had since you were a child?

mire 🏞 - how often do you go into nature?

raccoon 🐾 - have you ever accidentally stolen something?

overgrowth 🌿 - what’s a fact about yourself you’ve never had the opportunity to tell?

honeycomb 🐝 - do you want a big family or a small one?

echo 🕳️ - what’s a habit you want to start?

bones 💀 - what’s a hobby that you quit doing? do you miss it?

wind 🌪 - what music do you normally listen to?

crow ❇ - do you have a signature accessory?

sword 🗡️ - is there anything you always carry with you?

lavender 💜 - what’s your favorite smell?

fae 🌠 - what’s a fact about yourself that you don’t know how to explain?

birch 🌳 - what’s something you’re proud of?

mud 🌱 - how do you relax before you go to sleep?

fallen leaves 🍃 - what’s your morning routine like, if you have one?

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ohmyphd·3 months agoAnswer
Very very thanks you for your words, for answer so fast and give me encouragement. It was very kind. And was really helpfull to heard about your impresions and your ways to work . Of course each one have his own ways, but some times is very usefull to look outside one-self, see how others do it, see others were where you are now, and see and learn on how they overcome the obstacles. I will follow your advice and I will keep pushing and i will continue, even with the feeling of doing nothing. (1

(2) I wish you the best luck too with your present proyects, and that they are not so confusing, or at least, that you have good weapons to fight them. I’m sure you got some good ones thanks to conquered the phd. Greetings from Spain and thanks again for take time to answer me with a so open heart.

You’re right, sometimes we need some feedback from outside, and I will be more than happy if sharing my experience can help others suffer less their own.

PS: ¡Pero si yo también vivo en España! Podríamos habernos ahorrado el trabajo de escribir en otro idioma… jejeje.
Un abrazo.

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ohmyphd·3 months agoAnswer
Hi, i see you finish a Phd on philosophy recently, lots of congratulations for doing it! I just wanna ask you for some advices if it's ok. I'm actually on a phd on philosphy but i'm feel very lost sometimes. I'm on my second yerar (of 3) and i dedicated my first year to read a lot, very very lots of things, but now i must write but i can't do it as good and fast as i would like to do it. (1)

I feel its very diferent the work of reading and the productivity you feel you’re doing when you do that, than the work of only try to write and going very slow day after day and feeling you dont do nothing…I suppouse its normal but i dont know how to feel about it some times…. If you can tell how was your experience in this diferents steps of the thesis, some of your impressions or advices of how pass throw all of it, i really really appreciate it. I hope dont distrub with all of this. (2)

I send all my best whises with your post-Phd time and i hope you can continuate with the lines of investigation that you like. And sorry my english. (3)

Hi there!

First of all, never apologise for the potential bad use of a language that is not your own! We are all learning here and trying to do our best :)

I understand the feeling of disorientation you may feel when pursuing something like a PhD (I have felt it myself), and I would like to start saying that it is COMPLETELY NORMAL. But, let me be honest, even if I knew that, sometimes I couldn’t help thinking that my thesis (and, oh, also my life!) was going nowhere. You just have to accept these thoughts and go through them.

Actually writing down your dissertation is certainly very different from reading and gathering bibliography. I usually enjoy the latter more. Besides, each of us has a different way of processing and working on them. In my particular case, I pursued a 4-and-a-half-year PhD, and left the writing for the last year. This doesn’t mean that I dedicated 3 years to “just” read: I took notes (lots of them), made summaries, wrote down every little idea I thought I could use, and made some preliminary outlines of the main topics I was working on. Then, I made a complete outline of each chapter, which contained the linked ideas and also citations and authors I wanted to include. That was the basis for the actual writing. That’s because I need to visualize the whole in order to work on the parts. But that’s my way of working, and might not be useful for everyone. I know some other people that went to the writing straight on the first year, and worked on the chapters during the process of reading the material.

As for the feeling of “doing nothing”, the only piece of advice I feel myself qualified to give is to just continue doing it, even if you feel you don’t achieve what you think you should. Some days you’ll write a couple of sentences, some other days you will be revising and correcting the previous work, and sometimes you will feel so powerful as to write 10 pages non-stop (which will inevitably need deep correcting). You just have to keep pushing. And, as a friend once told me, you think there’s a long way left, but one day you’re already there.

Writing a dissertation is a real fight with and against yourself: fears, insecurities, knowledge and abilities all roaring at the same time. You have to live with the noise, learn to ignore it, but also appreciate it. And never forget that you have already achieved A LOT, even if you don’t believe it, or don’t want to believe it.

I wish you the best of luck, and hope my words somehow help you!

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ohmyphd·5 months agoText

This year I’m taking piano lessons. We recently bought a piano online and now I’m desperately cheking my order every 5 minutes and waiting for the messenger to ring my bell and bring my baby home like this:

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ohmyphd·6 months agoAnswer
How do you pick a good mentor?

I was fortunate that the mentor came to me (like a wand): during my last year of uni a great professor asked me if I had considered becoming a researcher, as he thought I could be a good one, and going for a PhD scholarship. He expressed that he would be pleased to be my supervisor, and it has worked out wonderfully.

Anyways, picking a good mentor can be tricky. I think one of the most valuable points is that he/she believes in your work; his/her job must be to help develop it to its highest peak. Although the specific knowledge is also important, sometimes it could be more decisive that he/she has an open mind and provides you with the conceptual tools to open your own path.

I don’t know if this helps, but that’s what I can say… :)

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