I thought now might be a timely moment to answer a few questions I often get asked. So if you thought a PhD was a kind of hair straightener or if the last time you paid attention to fashion was when you were trying to decide what kind of dress (or suit) to wear to your year ten formal, then this is the post for you.
So, are you almost finished?
Uhm.... not even close.
A PhD, what is that, like, a one year degree?
A minimum of three, my friends. Most students take between three and four but the earliest I could submit would be December 2012 but I'm in no rush.
And you have to write a thesis?
Yep. A long one. 75 000- 100 000 words. Luckily, I like writing.
That's like a book!
Hopefully it will be one day.
So your thesis is on fashion. What do you think about what I'm wearing?
Give me a rating out of ten!
longer awkward silence in which I look at your outfit because that means I don't have to look at your expectant face whilst I invent an answer and deliver it in the least flustered manner possible.
That's not, really... uh... what my research is about.