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From primary school to PhD

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From primary school to PhD

Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down, I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there. This is how I got my PhD.

If I were to sum this whole video up in a quote, it would have to be Never give up! Never surrender!
(By Grabthar's hammer, what a story Mark.)
But more seriously, this is one that I've been meaning to make for a long time. Not least because I needed to sit my viva to do so! But also this video captures the underlying philosophy behind much of what I do. I'm not the smartest person in the world, and I'm certainly not the most talented at science or maths. But while you can never always be the smartest person in a room, you can always make yourself the hardest working one. Perspiration beats inspiration, and my refusal to quit has got me to where I am now.

- All my PhD vlogs:
- What I'm doing next:

- Atmospheric physics textbook (Wallace and Hobbs):
- Never Split The Difference (Chris Voss):
- Draw My Life video:
- Brewer-Dobson circulation:
- My headphones:

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Filmed on my Canon 80D (and 5D mk II)
Editing done in Premiere.

Huge thanks to my supporters on Patreon: Dan Hanvey, David Efird, Michael Phillips, Neudys Almonte, Fraser Birks, Martin Hermes, Anh Duong Phan, Luca Schumann, Katy P, Rhys Rickard-Frost, Cameron Matchett, Lachlan Woods, Tim Boxall, Simon Vaes, Gabriele Mozzicato, Jawad Alalasi, Gaia Frazao Nery, Kodzo, Josh Ruby, Claire Anthony, Eve Dillon, Rowan Gow, Matthias Loos, James Bridges, James Craig, Angela, Sanaa Al Derei, Mark Anthony Magro, Liam, Theresa Wang, Kieran Kelly, Wendover Productions, Kendra Johnson, Caitlin Louise, and Real Engineering (nice hair Brian).

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I am Simon, a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

Vlogs from Oxford students -
My twitter -
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My goodreads -

Thanks to Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video. Money from the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck contributed to equipment used in this video.

How I got into TWO Harvard Ph.D Programs (Application Review)

Due to popular demand, I'm sharing the stats and stories in my Ph.D application to Harvard (as well as other schools I mention). This application got me into TWO Harvard Ph.D programs in Biology, as well as other top programs. Remember, however, that each application is different and that your application doesn't have to look like mine for you to be successful. Be yourself so you can find a program that fits you best.

TIMESTAMPS
2:40 Basic Stats
4:33 Research Experience
6:22 Academic Communication
7:47 Awards
9:37 Work/Volunteer Experience
10:58 Statement of Purpose
14:13 Application Results

RELEVANT LINKS
► My Ph.D Program:
► SACNAS:
► Experimental Biology Conference:
Goldwater Scholarship:
► NSF GRFP:
► Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship:

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A week as a PhD student

I filmed a week of my life as a PhD student in atmospheric physics at the University of Exeter. Here's what I got up to!

If you have any questions about stuff I did please do ask in the comments below! Though I'm going to say in advance that I am NOT an expert on graduate school applications.

Next vlog:

Oxvlog:
My singing/chapel choir video:
Studying livestream:

If you want to learn more about chapel choir you can like us on facebook:

Music used:
- Solar Flares by Silent Partner
- One More Chance by Otis McDonald
- Nunc Dimittis (Truro) by Philip Stopford (
- Good Morning by Lakey Inspired (
- Feeling Good by Lakey Inspired (

Gear used:
- Canon G7X:
- Micromuff:
- Joby Gorillapod and ball joint mount:
- Premiere Pro

Thanks to all my friends for putting up with me filming all the time!

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I am Simon, a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

My twitter -
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A Day in the Life: UCLA PhD Student // Aerospace Engineering

Dylan Dickstein is a PhD student and aspiring astronaut at UCLA, studying Aerospace Engineering. Crimson Education is the world leader in global admissions consulting. Find out more, and apply for a free education assessment here:

Dylan aspires to be an astronaut, and he's pursuing that dream by getting his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at one of the best schools for it on the planet, studying Russian, getting his pilot's license, working at world-class companies like SpaceX, and writing a dissertation. Follow a day in Dylan's life, and take an exclusive look at UCLA's top-notch Engineering facilities, hear about UCLA's PhD program in Aerospace, watch where Dylan works and flies planes, and hear Dylan's advice for other students interested in the field!

You can find Dylan at:
Instagram: “@dylandickstein”


YouTube: “Dylan Dickstein”
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a day in the life of a harvard ph.d (first year)

What does the average day of a first year in a Ph.D look like? I am a student at the Harvard BBS program at Harvard Medical School who is passionate about making science accessible. I show you what it's like to be in the midst of classes and making lab decisions.

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RELEVANT LINKS
► Twitter:
► PhD Program:
► Cambridge Science Festival:

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► Glasses: Warby Parker - Daisy
► Jacket: The North Face Women's Outer Boroughs Triclimate Jacket

When Motivation Runs Out | PhD student

What do you do when your motivation runs low? PhDs are enormous undertakings, and for years there can be little to show for your efforts. I’m presently in one such motivation slump myself, and in this video try to figure out what can be done about it. You might not like the answer.

Not one of my most uplifting, sorry! But a student has got to be honest. Here’s an earlier video with some jazzy music to remind you that it’s not always this tough:

Previous video:

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New video every other Wednesday (ish)! Please comment to suggest a topic relating to postgraduate life that you’d like to see covered, or get in touch:

Twitter: @LeKissick
Website: lucykissick.co.uk
Email: lucy.kissick@earth.ox.ac.uk

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Credits music with permission from the incredibly talented post-rockers Silent Island. The song is ‘Dolphin Rush’ and you can find it here on Bandcamp from their album Fall of Oceans:

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My name is Lucy Kissick, I’m a third year PhD student at the University of Oxford, and yeah I probably would take a ticket to Mars, just so long as it was two-way.
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How to get a PhD in 5 easy steps (UK)

Ok so maybe the steps aren't that easy, but they are what you need to do to get a PhD!

1. Get a degree in a relevant subject. Most people also study a masters.
2. Find a supervisor and project (and funding...)
3. You must perform original research (easier said than done)
4. Write a thesis
5. Defend your thesis in a viva

A week as a PhD student:

Obviously this is all very hand wavy and approximate as I'm trying to cover all kinds of subjects, but these are the approximate steps that every PhD student goes through. Also some of the steps are someone more complex than others, with step 3 basically being the entire degree! If you'd like to learn more about my PhD then please check out videos on my channel where I talk about it in great detail, and if you have further questions about the process of applying for a PhD ask in the comments (though remember I am NOT an expert at this).

I also apologise if I got stuff wrong about humanities PhDs - my understanding is based on talking to a few friends and so is not comprehensive. I was trying my best as a mere scientist guys!

Filmed on my Canon G7X:
Editing done in Premiere.

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I am Simon, a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

Vlogs from Oxford students -
My twitter -
My facebook -
My insta -

Thanks to Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video. Money from the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck contributed to equipment used in this video.

Writing my PhD thesis | Life as a PhD student #19

I've not got long left, and I need to get cracking writing my thesis...

In this video there's also a review of Dunkirk, a makeup video, lots of bitching about computers, editing, podcasting, and packing for my mysterious trip...

Makeup video:
Dan and I review Baby Driver:
The Wikicast:

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Music by: David Cutter Music -

Filmed on my Canon 80D:
Editing done in Premiere.

Huge thanks to my supporters on Patreon: Samuel Rose, Frederic Ysewijn, Kane Thynne, Eve Dillon, Rowan Gow, Rikke Norgaard Christiansen, Daniel Martin, Matthias Loos, James Bridges, Hanna Scott, James Craig, Angela Cook, Sanaa Al Derei, Mark Anthony Magro, Maddie Sisk, Liam Farrar, Theresa Wang, Hunter Jones, Nathan Smith, Kieran Kelly, Wendover Productions, Kendra Johnson, Caitlin Louise, and Real Engineering.

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I am Simon, a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

Vlogs from Oxford students -
My twitter -
My facebook -
My insta -
My goodreads -

Thanks to Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video. Money from the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck contributed to equipment used in this video.

How to Ruin your Mental Health as a PhD Student

I have been a PhD student for a few years now, and I have definitely had my fair share of mental health issues because of it. Learn from my mistakes. All of these are examples of things that I have done that contributed to my recent mental health issues.

If you're a student at any level, look after yourself. Remember that you're not a machine and just because Stephen King can write 3 novels a year it doesn't mean every other author is lazy.

If you are struggling, talk to someone you trust, your doctor or a school/university counsellor. For online support:
mind.org.uk

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I'm a PhD student studying in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Thanks to Chris for being a fantastic camera operator and assistant.

Music created using Jukedeck, create your own at jukedeck.com

Closed Captions (CC) available in English

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Twitter: @JoolzZenda
Instagram: @joolzzenda

Thank you so much to everyone who's helped in captioning and translating my videos! If you want to help out too -

You can help finish my thesis by buying me a cup of tea/coffee here - ko-fi.com/joolzzenda

Doing A PhD In Your 30s Or PhD Before 30?: Average Age To Start PhD in Business Admin -Academia Tips

Knowing when to start a PhD is a big decision. Many people think that you should do a PhD before 30, or immediately after undergraduate school. However, you will be surprised by how many people actually do their PhD in their 30s.

Indeed, most people that pursue a PhD in Business Administration will be doing a PhD in their 30s.

Why do people pursue a PhD in their 30s in the business school? The primary reason is that most PhDs in Business administration usually require an MBA or in an equivalent degree. It is totally normal to start a PhD in Business Administration in your early and even late 30s.

Here is what you need to know if you are think about a PhD and age:

1. If you choose to do a research intensive PhD in Business, know that the outcomes of doing research generally take a long time. If you start your PhD in Strategy in your 40s, for example, you might not get tenure at a Business School until you are 55. This could be even later.

2. Young PhD’s are usually greatly discounted in the classroom. This is especially true if you are expecting to teach executives or MBAs. Being older or doing your PhD at 30 is often an asset if you want to teach.

3. At the current moment we are facing a situation where are many senior people that are looking to retire but few people are able to replace their administrative roles. People with administrative experience might actually have an advantage when they are thinking of roles like the Dean of a Business School.

4. If you have a family, you will face many more demands in school than other students will. This is fine, but just know that there are lots to do in school and you will be making many family-work trade-offs.

Check out these videos as well:

Should You Buy A House In Grad School - Thesis Help


Building Graduate Student - Advisor Relationships


Why Get A PhD In Business?: Business PhD Programs & Doctor Of Business Admin Programs - Thesis Help



Should You Get A PhD In Business Administration To Become A Consultant Or To Teach Executives?


How To Ask For A Letter Of Recommendation From A Professor - Monday Writes


What Is The Difference Between A Masters And PhD In Business Administration - Thesis Help


MBA Or PhD After Engineering Degree? - Thesis Help


Careers For A PhD In Business Administration?



Sabbatical Leave? Why You Should Go On A Sabbatical Leave.


What Leads To Unethical Behavior In Business And Research? - Thesis Help!



What's The Difference Between Undergraduate And Graduate School? - Thesis Help


How To Write An Email To A Professor For Graduate School Admission? - Thesis Help


What Areas Of Research In A PhD Will Make Me Most Competitive In The Job Market? - Thesis Help


What Is A Normal Day Of A PhD Student Or A Research Professor? - Thesis Help


PhD Supply And Demand - What Is The Supply And Demand Of A Graduate Degree - Thesis Help


What Are The Pros And Cons Of Going To Grad School? Thesis Help



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Apps I use in my PhD | Life as a PhD student #12

I talk about the software and apps I use in my PhD to do my research and write my thesis! And a bunch of other stuff besides.

I love Exeter's campus, it's just so green!

For the full discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:

LINKS:
- My headphones:
- My running app:
- FORTRAN90 intro:
- Sublime text:
- Kile:
- LaTeX:
- Mendeley:
- Dropbox:
- Todoist:
- Tomato timer:
- Slack:

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Filmed on my Canon G7X:
Editing done in Premiere and After Effects.

Huge thanks to my supporters on Patreon: Samuel Rose, Frederic Ysewijn, Kane Thynne, Eve Dillon, Rowan Gow, Rikke Norgaard Christiansen, Daniel Martin, Matthias Loos, James Bridges, Hanna Scott, James Craig, Angela Cook, Sanaa Al Derei, Mark Anthony Magro, Maddie Sisk, Liam Farrar, Theresa Wang, Hunter Jones, Nathan Smith, Kieran Kelly, Wendover Productions, Kendra Johnson, Caitlin Louise, and Real Engineering.

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I am Simon, a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

Vlogs from Oxford students -
My twitter -
My facebook -
My insta -
My goodreads -

Thanks to Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video. Money from the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck contributed to equipment used in this video.

Vlog: GRADUATING WITH MY PhD!!

I did it. I finally got my PhD in mathematics from the University of Exeter! And so, of course, I have you graduate with me :)

As I say in this video, thank you so much for being there with me for these past five years. You helped me in more ways than I think you know.

All my PhD vlogs:

The chapel choir are singing Mr Blue Sky (originally by ELO, arranged by Hugo Wickman [of the choir]), they are on YouTube here!

If you don't know who Dan is, check out the podcast we do together!

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You can support the channel by donating at

Check out my website!

Music by Epidemic Sound:

Filmed on my Canon 80D:
Editing done in Premiere and Audition.

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Huge thanks to my supporters on Patreon: Amy Hadden, Ben McMurtry, Caitlin Louise, Cameron Matchett, Charles Bray, Claire Anthony, Dan Hanvey, Daniel Blume Høj, David Efird, Ethan Fuller, James Bridges, jawad alalasi, Jay Wright, Jia Xin Peng, Jonathan Trimble, Kendall Hendrix, Kendra Johnson, Kodzo, Lachlan Woods, Leighton Mackenzie, Liam, Louis Gillet, Mark Anthony Magro, Martin Hermes, Matthias Loos, Michael Phillips, Paul Everitt, Rory Healy, Ryke Allen, Sanaa Al Derei, Thusto, Tiarna Pepall, Tim Boxall, Wendover Productions
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5 Things To Think About Before Starting a PhD

What do you need to know before you start a PhD? Professor James Arvanitakis talks us through five important things to think about before you decide to embark on your PhD journey.

1. The first thing to do is find something you are really interested in researching, because you are going to be doing this for the next three years of your life.

2. Next, you'll need to find the right supervisors to support you in your PhD - their guidance and support is crucial to your success.

3. Thirdly, what is your long term plan and where do you want your PhD to take you in the future. Are you doing this for the right reasons?

4. The fourth thing is to consider the journey - this might be more important than the end point of finishing your thesis. What do you want to achieve along the way?

5. Finally, you need to work out if you are really prepared for the time and effort it will take to complete your PhD. Finishing your research degree will not be an easy process and you need to be ready for the challenge.

Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University.

If you would like to find out more about pursuing a Master of Research or PhD with Western Sydney University, please visit our website at

Advice to PhD applicants

Thinking of applying for a PhD? Academics give advice on what studying for a PhD is like, and what questions applicants should be asking themselves.

Also check out the second video where professors talk about what they look for in PhD applicants:

For more information on what PhD life is like, check out my vlogs:

Thanks to all the academics for their advice! Links to their twitters below:
Dr Angus Ferraro:
Prof Matt Collins:
Prof Peter Cox:

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I am Simon, a third year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

Vlogs from Oxford students -
My twitter -
My facebook -
Free music -

A Week As A PhD Student #1

I filmed a week of my life as a PhD student in cancer research at University College London. I'm in the final few months of my PhD (eek) and here's what I got up to last week.

If you have any questions about life as PhD student, please leave them in the comments below and I'll get back to you. I have experience with applications to UCL, Imperial and KCL, so can help out with those!

Instagram : simply_amina
Twitter : iaminaplace
Blog :
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Why you shouldn't apply for a PhD

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Over the years this channel has inspired a lot of people to think about doing PhDs. It's time to change that.

Of course, this title is a touch hyperbolic, but it's also an accurate (albeit negative) summary of the video. There are lots of reasons to not do a PhD, and doing one is really, really hard. Do not apply for a PhD if you want to earn lots of money, or want an easy continuation of university, or a cushy job, or even if you want to call yourself a professor one day. The only reason you should apply for a PhD is because you love doing something specific academically, and want to do that all day for three years. It's that simple.

Something which didn't come across too well in the final edit is that the point of the PhD then isn't to become an academic, or do anything for that matter, other than what you are passionate about. When you finish your thesis and submit your research to the wider world, your contract with society is up - having returned on their investment - and you decide what you're going to do next.

Lots of people decide to stay in academia because at the end of the PhD they still value doing the thing that they love more than they value lots of money or an easy life. Being an academic allows them to continue with what they're passionate about. But plenty of people leave academia after graduation because their priorities change over the course of the project, or discover something new that they're passionate about. My PhD afforded me opportunities to pursue my video making interest, and got me to the point where it was feasible for me to pursue it full time - which I did after graduation, because I valued doing that more than anything else. I'm one of a vast number of PhD exits, because there is no one 'right' thing to use a PhD for!

See my website here!

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Filmed on my Canon 80D:
Editing done in Premiere and Audition.

Huge thanks to my supporters on Patreon: Dan Hanvey, David Efird, Charles Bray, Elliot Conway, Syafiq Kay, Xavier Chesterfield, Jay Wright, Myles Kornfeld, Louis Gillet, Michael Phillips, Neudys Almonte, Fraser Birks, Martin Hermes, Anh Duong, Luca Schumann, Rhys Rickard-Frost, Cameron Matchett, Lachlan Woods, Tim Boxall, Simon Vaes, Gabriele Mozzicato, Jawad Alalasi, Gaia Frazao Nery, Kodzo, Josh Ruby, Claire Anthony, Eve Dillon, Rowan Gow, Matthias Loos, James Bridges, James Craig, Angela, Sanaa Al Derei, Mark Anthony Magro, Liam, Theresa Wang, Kieran Kelly, Wendover Productions, Kendra Johnson, Caitlin Louise.

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Thanks to Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video. Money from the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck contributed to equipment used in this video.

What do supervisors look for in their PhD students?

Professors talk about what they look for in PhD applicants, and what makes a successful PhD student.

Also check out my other video where the professors give advice to those thinking of applying for a PhD:

For more information on what PhD life is like, check out my vlogs:

Thanks to all the academics for their advice! Links to their twitters below:
Prof Mark Baldwin:
Prof Matt Collins:
Prof Peter Cox:

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I am Simon, a third year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

Vlogs from Oxford students -
My twitter -
My facebook -
Free music -

sitting down with a math PhD student

i get advice and suggestions from a current math phd student here at usf.

Pros and cons of doing a PhD (personal experience)

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PhD vlogs playlist:

As I hopefully made clear in the video, this pros/cons list is based on my personal experience, and I'd welcome additional perspectives from current and former PhD students. If you think I neglected something important then please put it in the comments below!

You can support the channel by donating at

Check out my website!

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Huge thanks to my supporters on Patreon: Dan Hanvey, David Efird, Suzanna Hofman, Amy Hadden, Ethan Fuller, Charles Bray, Jay Wright, Louis Gillet, Michael Phillips, Martin Hermes, Cameron Matchett, Lachlan Woods, Tim Boxall, Gabriele Mozzicato, Jawad Alalasi, Gaia Frazao Nery, Kodzo, Claire Anthony, Eve Dillon, Rowan Gow, Matthias Loos, James Bridges, James Craig, Sanaa Al Derei, Mark Anthony Magro, Liam, Wendover Productions, Kendra Johnson, Caitlin Louise, Daniel Blume Høj, Leighton Mackenzie, Thusto, Fernán González, Paul Everitt, Kendall Hendrix, Jia Xin Peng, Jonathan Trimble, Ryke Allen.

I quit my PhD

I know that people work hard to get to be a PhD student, I know this because I worked very hard to get here. I'm not throwing away this opportunity because I don't appreciate it, it's just not the best use of my time right now.

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