Being married to a postgrad student

When my soon-to-be wife first raised her desire to ‘go back and do my PhD’, I was naively supportive. Who doesn’t want to tell their high school friends they married a doctor? Who doesn’t dream of free airline upgrades, and that post-PhD salary cascading zeros into their shared bank account? However, as she began her study, it became eminently clear I had drastically under-estimated the sheer amount of time, energy and, let’s be honest, endless boring conversations completing a PhD requires.

For much of the next three years I felt I was cohabitating with a distracted, zombie-like creature who seemed intent on turning our lounge into some kind of double-spaced A4 nest. The paper piled up, the tension increased, and the will to live drained from my body like ink drained from our $14 inkjet printer. It probably didn’t help that she was somehow working ‘part time’ (ie still making more than me) throughout this period.

The above aside, if there was one overwhelming emotion I recall from this time, it was pride. If not a little awe. Undertaking a PhD is such an incredibly brave (and masochistic?) thing to do. Having seen the process at close quarters, I have nothing but respect for my wife – and all who take up the challenge. On a personal note, the horror of witnessing a thesis come together – and a distinct lack of airline upgrades in the years to follow – has rendered me more than content with my undergraduate degree and certificate of participation from a 2004 fun run.

Summer school at UC

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Want to get ahead in your studies? Beat the rush and see what’s on offer in UC’s Summer School. You can enrol now for a November start and from 3 October you can also enrol for courses starting in January.

There are almost 100 undergraduate and postgraduate courses available, ranging from Antarctic studies to engineering and from Chinese to statistics.

Summer study is a great way to shorten the duration of your degree, spread your workload or pick up a prerequisite course – while still leaving you enough time to make the most of the long summer days.


Postgraduate Info Evening – Come along

Learn about UC’s flexible postgraduate study options at the expo and information sessions.

Not ready for the reality of the workforce after graduation? Thinking of continuing study? Come along to the Postgraduate Info Evening and learn about UC’s flexible postgraduate study options.

Wednesday 20 September, 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Engineering Core, 69 Creyke Road

Attend information sessions to get an overview of flexible study options, and how to finance, structure and plan your postgrad study. Chat one to one at the expo with staff from different departments and support services about your specific study options and how to balance study with your lifestyle and other commitments.

Come along any time between 5.00pm – 7.30pm to talk to staff and advisors and find information session times here>

See what postgraduate study is all about>