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  • Writer's pictureDr Catriona Ryan

Integrating Personal Storytelling into PhD Training: Empowering PhDs



Sharing personal stories about the PhD journey to PhD researchers can be incredibly impactful. It humanizes the academic journey, making the challenges and successes more relatable and less intimidating. As a teacher of academic writing for PhD researchers, I’ve seen firsthand how recounting my own PhD experiences can inspire doctoral candidates.

Key Benefits:

  • Connection: Stories create a bond among researchers, fostering a supportive community.

  • Relatability: Personal anecdotes make academic concepts more accessible.

  • Resilience: Hearing about overcoming obstacles encourages perseverance.

  • Empathy: Storytelling promotes self-reflection and emotional understanding.

In essence, storytelling is not just about sharing information; it’s a tool for empowerment, helping PhD researchers to navigate their journey with confidence and a sense of shared experience

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