Six reasons why doing a PhD is the same as being a parent

My Research Assistant and Thesis Babies

1. Sleepless nights
Both will give you a super hero-like resistance to fatigue that you would not have thought was previously possible.

2. Good organisation skills never go astray
There is little difference in the skills required to have 400+ journal articles filed with consistent naming conventions and getting to swimming lessons on time every week.

3. The theses-fecaes nexus
Sometimes there’s just way too much shit.

4. Guilt
You should be spending more time with one or both of your babies. You’ll be living out of your suitcase on this guilt trip.

5. It’s a team act
Aretha said it more eloquently, but behind every great parent/student, there is a great supervisor/parents/partners/friend/carer.

 6. It’s never as exciting to others
The difference between the glazed expression people have when you are explaining your thesis and when you show them baby photos is not statistically significant.

Within the space of one month in 2011, Danya submitted her PhD and had twins. But not in that order.

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Danya Hodgetts

Dr Danya Hodgetts is a Sport Management consultant, educator and researcher with more than 25 years experience in the sport industry. Danya specialises in developing and implementing innovative education, training and professional development programs for national and state sporting bodies, TAFE and University.

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