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Graduate Student’s Life

NISHIKAWA KAZUKI (Enrolled Ph.D. program in 2014)

I am studying the history of the food policy and cooking experts in post-war Japan in the Doctoral Program.
I am currently writing my doctoral dissertation little by little, and at this stage, my schedule has become quite flexible. Everyone has their own unique way of working on their research, and I am trying to maintain a regular pattern of a week that I feel comfortable with as much as possible.
My typical week roughly consists of: ① days that I spend proceeding with my own research,② days that I attend seminars for discussion, and ③ days that I do part-time work.
For ①, I usually do a research on topics of my interest at the time through books and the internet and write what I find out in my dissertation. Materials that I need often turn out to be only available in a distant library or archive, in which case I adjust my schedule and go out in search of the necessary materials. Once I have the materials I need, I read them carefully and put my thoughts in writing. Then, I put them together to compose my dissertation little by little.
For ②, I attend my seminar class about once a week. Over a few hours of the seminar, students in the same class share how each other’s work is progressing. Attending the seminar usually requires prior preparation, such as setting a discussion topic in the case I am giving a presentation on the day, or reading prepared materials in advance if other students are presenting. Discussing each other’s research topic with other students in the seminar gives me ideas to proceed with my dissertation.
For the rest of the week I work part-time to make a living. I mainly do part-time work on weekends so that I can have a well-organized week, doing my own research during the first part of the week, attending a seminar in the middle and working in the last part.