Some people are better at meeting strangers than others, I have never been very good at it -though sometimes with little encouragement I will put out my hand and introduce myself. This is what happened on Saturday just gone by.
The Arts Faculty held their induction day for all new Research Higher Degree (RHD) students. It was an opportunity to meet the Dean, various Professors and interact with about twenty new students. Suffice to say people are amazing, I met someone doing an Economics and Philosophy PhD, one on Middle Eastern Religion and even one on IT and Pedagogy. Current students and graduates also spoke about their experiences during their own RHD - there was a creative writing PhD student, a Comparative Literature PhD, a Political History and a Music Composer. It was amazing to be surrounded by people from such diverse fields, but all so passionate about their area and their research.
Still on the uni idea, Tuesday night was the first class for the Advanced Research Methods course that is compulsory for all new RHD students. I again met a range of new people and we had to share our freshly devised synopsises with each other. This turned out to be a great method of introduction that eclipsed putting your hand out as a way of meeting strangers.
This week has been great, I did a "How to write a Thesis" seminar and a "How to write a Literature Review" class, and attended an engaging, fast paced public lecture by Simon During titled "How to live in endgame capitalism", based around his latest book Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory and Post-Secular Modernity. Very very interesting (another birthday idea Mum and Dad?).
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