I am really enjoying my PhD at MSSL and the life I have around it, but not every day starts particularly well.
Today I woke up feeling incredibly tired. Mostly self-inflicted tiredness from a busy week, including a full week of work, three days of evening sports activities and a pub quiz last night. I overslept, got into the office late and by the time it got to 11am and a meeting with my supervisor I still wasn’t feeling quite right.
As soon as I sat down in the meeting and opened my laptop I remembered how proud I’d felt achieving something on Wednesday after only 2 days work that I thought was going to take more than a week. As the meeting went on I felt myself forgetting all previous tiredness and enjoying talking about my project so far. I even enjoyed adding to my to-do list!
It is days like these when I realise how happy I am to be at MSSL. I am genuinely interested in the overall research I am doing, but that’s not all – I feel lucky to have a supervisor who makes me want to find out the next thing. I rarely leave meetings feeling worried or overwhelmed; I always have a long list of ‘next steps’, but I feel supported in my work as well as challenged by it. I know this is a situation that not all PhD students have so I hope I will always remember to appreciate it.