Here is the (currently) small-ish pile of paperwork that is not absolutely crucial to the PhD’s research, but nonetheless impacts their life. Some of this paperwork has been ready for a while, but the PhD somehow still feels awkward approaching the departmental director with this mundane task without some kind of intellectual side-discussion. That said, the PhD would very much like the expenses from the conference trip to Portugal returned to their current account for the purpose of gifts/food/future conferences. The “Mature Student Online Application Form” is something the PhD student is certain has had its name formulate to maximise the feeling of age. Matuuuure. See? It’s not a nice sound in any acoustic environment.