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.

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Four reasons why doing a PhD is the same as being pregnant

Just about to submit
The last picture of the twins “on board” – one month before I submitted my PhD thesis

Having had three babies during my candidacy, I feel reasonably qualified to comment on the commonalities between confirmation, confinement and completion.

1. Everyone is asking you when it’s due
Have you submitted your thesis? Are you a doctor yet? Have you had those babies yet? Finishing a pregnancy is probably more obvious to spot, but don’t think I won’t be sharing either of these things with you. Repeatedly.

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