A fond or happy memory of your time at ANU
I have fond memories of Shut-Up and Write days where much of the ‘enduring’ part of the PhD occurred. On our way to lunch we would walk past the fish pond in Graduate House and there was one particular fish who always came to say ‘Hi friend!’ and check in on the thesis progress. I also appreciated the support I got from those group writing activities – sharing the experience of writing made it a little easier to know I wasn’t alone in the journey.
My workplace, Rapid Context, provided excellent support and encouragement during my PhD studies. I now work there full-time as an applied sociologist, where we develop evidence-based insights to assist organisations with policy and strategy development, change initiatives and evaluation.
Words of support or hope to your fellow graduand cohort
While it’s sad to have missed participating in a ceremony (for now), it doesn’t mean that our accomplishments are any less. I am enjoying telling people ‘I have graduated!’ and sharing my thesis insights on ‘crafty commemoration’, the everyday activities that sustain Australian’s connection to Anzac. I think more people know about my thesis now, than would have under ‘normal’ circumstances!