Updated: Feb 7, 2020
Do you remember when you joined Twitter? I do. I was at home for the summer and packing up my room ready to start a MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation at the University of Reading. A lot has changed since that day, but there is one obvious parallel; I’ve just moved to Canada to start a PhD. It was Twitter itself that prompted this question, as today is my third Twitter anniversary, so I thought I’d make a list of things I've done in these three years.
Received counselling – a life-changing decision and the thing that made most of this list possible
Ended a toxic relationship
Met an amazing guy who stuck around when I went travelling for six months
Went solo travelling for six months – New Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka
Won an 80 km endurance (horse) ride in New Zealand
Got back into climbing
Moved in to my first ever grown up flat as a non-student
Moved out again to relocate to Canada
Travelled to Brazil to meet my amazing guys' parents
Became an Auntie (x2)
Spent a month on the Isle of Rum, Scotland studying red deer
Graduated with a distinction in MSc Wildlife Management and Conservation
Awarded Winston Cobb Memorial Fellowship from Panthera
Spent 5 months in India working with the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust
Published my first scientific paper. On snow leopards. As first author.
Had a paper published from way back when I was an undergraduate on a big collaborative ecosystem services project
Connected with researchers, academics and peers through Twitter
Worked for an international Event Rider
Got a PhD offer to study wolf ecology and human-wolf interactions on Vancouver Island, Canada
I find it helpful to reflect every now and then on how far I've come, from highly stressed, overachieving, and unhappy to a (slightly more) calm, (slightly more) brave, and (much more) happy.
A lot can happen in three years.