"Being a PhD student can be challenging, but it is also very rewarding!
Micol Mieli, doctoral student
“My main research area is tourism and in particular tourists’ relationship with technology."
“My main research area is tourism and in particular tourists’ relationship with technology. Right now I am studying the role of smartphones in the tourist experience. I am really interested in research methodologies and trying to experiment with different methods in my research. I love working and studying in such an international and interdisciplinary environment, and although being a PhD student can be challenging, it is also very rewarding!
The past week has been a rather typical week for me: on Monday, I worked on a paper I have to write for a pedagogical course I am taking. In our PhD we are encouraged to teach and take courses to build our pedagogical portfolio. On Tuesday, I worked on my thesis: transcribing interviews and reading articles for the paper I am currently working on. I am writing a compilation thesis, which means that the final thesis will be a collection of four published articles and a “kappa”, right now I’m working on the third article.
On Wednesday, I attended a Board of Department meeting. I am PhD representative at the Board of Department, which regularly meets once a month to discuss all kinds of matters related to the management of the Department. On Thursday I was teaching in two seminars, where I discussed the topic of research design with master students. On Friday I usually work on whatever is left to do for the week, and in the afternoon all the PhDs from the department have a Fika meeting, where we drink coffee and chat about our weeks and plans for the weekend.”