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Blog posts by Sofia Raftopoulou

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 by Sofia Raftopoulou posted on 23 Dec '21 23 Dec '21

A PhD Student’s Tips for Actually Enjoying the Holidays

It's Christmas for PhD students too. But how do you switch off and enjoy the holidays with your research dwelling in the back of your mind? Sofia shares some simple festive tips.

 by Sofia Raftopoulou posted on 21 Jan '21 21 Jan '21

Abroad Squared and Other PhD Equations – Getting More Out of a PhD (Despite Covid)

It may seem like the pandemic has taken away a lot of opportunities for PhD students, but that's not true! Read one student's journey to find all the hidden gems her PhD still had to offer.

 by Sofia Raftopoulou posted on 11 May '20 11 May '20

PhD Study in the Times of COVID – How to Stay on Track

Managing a PhD project during the coronavirus outbreak is challenging, but it isn't impossible. Sofia shares her own experience and advice.

 by Sofia Raftopoulou posted on 15 Aug '19 15 Aug '19

6 Reasons NOT to Do a PhD

As fulfilling and worthwhile as it can be, PhD study isn't for everyone. Sofia faces up to some of the reasons *not* to do a doctorate.

 by Sofia Raftopoulou posted on 25 Apr '19 25 Apr '19

Highway to Help – What to do When Things Go Wrong on a Science PhD

A PhD is challenging and research in some subjects can even be dangerous. So what do you do when things don't go to plan?

 by Sofia Raftopoulou posted on 23 Aug '18 23 Aug '18

First Steps Into a PhD: Being a Toddler Again

The first semester of your PhD can really shake your confidence, particularly in a technical subject like Science. Here’s some advice on how to survive your initial months.

 by Sofia Raftopoulou posted on 24 May '18 24 May '18

Third Time’s the Charm – My PhD Interview Experiences

How do you know when the person interviewing you is not the best choice for supervising your PhD? Sofia is a first-year PhD student in Austria – find out how she went about finding the right project and supervisor.