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    Hi,

    I'm starting a chemistry PhD at Durham in a couple of weeks, and I'm starting to get pretty nervous (standard stuff: 'what if I'm not good enough', 'what if I'm expected to know a bunch of stuff I don't already know' 'what should I already have done' and so on).

    Any of you lot got any good advice for stuff I can do in the mean time which will be helpful?

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by chrisawhitmore)
    Hi,

    I'm starting a chemistry PhD at Durham in a couple of weeks, and I'm starting to get pretty nervous (standard stuff: 'what if I'm not good enough', 'what if I'm expected to know a bunch of stuff I don't already know' 'what should I already have done' and so on).

    Any of you lot got any good advice for stuff I can do in the mean time which will be helpful?

    Thanks.
    Quite normal to feel that way.

    Having done a PhD I can assure you it is no more than a "glorified" piece of coursework.

    Try not to worry and all the best.
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    (Original post by chrisawhitmore)
    Hi,

    I'm starting a chemistry PhD at Durham in a couple of weeks, and I'm starting to get pretty nervous (standard stuff: 'what if I'm not good enough', 'what if I'm expected to know a bunch of stuff I don't already know' 'what should I already have done' and so on).

    Any of you lot got any good advice for stuff I can do in the mean time which will be helpful?

    Thanks.
    Get used to feeling like that! It's a common thing amongst PhD researchers. Once you find yourself amongst your postgrad peers, you'll find that the majority learn to live and work around it. Just because you feel those things, doesn't make them true
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    Congratulations and good luck! I'm sure you will settle in just fine.
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    (Original post by chrisawhitmore)
    Hi,

    I'm starting a chemistry PhD at Durham in a couple of weeks, and I'm starting to get pretty nervous (standard stuff: 'what if I'm not good enough', 'what if I'm expected to know a bunch of stuff I don't already know' 'what should I already have done' and so on).

    Any of you lot got any good advice for stuff I can do in the mean time which will be helpful?

    Thanks.
    I'm one year in to my doctorate, and in certain areas, I'm not good enough, and there's lots of stuff i still don't know. Luckily enough, I'm not researching those areas!

    You just grow to accept that other researchers are experts, and pick their brains, and use them as a resource - while slowly setting yourself up as the expert in your own particular specialisation (I haven't achieved that last bit yet….)
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    Fake it until you make it! You got in, you'll be fine
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    I'm starting one too in October and have had occasional cause to feel a bit of a fraud but think of it like this: competition is higher than ever both domestically and internationally and yet you got in. You did the necessary to get here and if there's something missing, you now have the time and space to go and learn the hell out of it.

    You'll probably be pulling 60hr lab weeks anyway so I reckon this feeling you have now will ooze from you shortly.
 
 
 

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