Today I started my PhD!

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life – I officially started my PhD. As I sit here on this beautiful Friday, the 1st of February 2019, the reality is just starting to sink in.

I have dreamed of pursuing a PhD since I was a young teenager. The idea of studying insects and ecology at a higher level and getting paid for it seemed like a dream. But with this new opportunity comes a bit of nervousness. It’s been a few years since I’ve been a student, and I recently discovered that I am dyslexic. I’m curious how my dyslexia coping mechanisms will hold up during this rigorous and demanding journey.

Not only that, but I am also embarking on this adventure in a brand new place – New Zealand. This is my first time here, and I have moved here for the duration of my degree, which will last for ~ 3 years. The weather has been incredibly hot, but it’s also been absolutely lovely. I’m slowly getting to know the people here, learning the New Zealand culture, making new friends, and I am optimistic and excited about the journey ahead.

So, dung beetles, watch out. And to document this journey, here are a few photos from my time here so far.