events Opinion/Editorial

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”

October 29, 2020 at 6 PM – 8 PM The ACMP will be hosting an online forum discussing how to get into graduate school. This event is organized by our fantastic program coordinator Peter Holder. Peter is currently finishing his PhD in Biology. As he says it, “My research focuses on understanding the physiological mechanisms behind fish responses to angling in addition to identifying the best techniques to ensure optimal fish recovery.” I am still not really sure what that exactly means, but it sounds legit.

What is most interesting, is that Peter did not know before he started his PhD, what his research topic would be. In fact, his academic career made a few strange twists and turns that Peter himself would not have predicted. He did his undergrad in human kinesiology. However, the knowledge and skills he gained during that time are very applicable to his current research, but he never started his undergrad with the goal of doing his current PhD. And that is ok.

It’s ok if you don’t know exactly what you are going to do years in advance. Even stronger: you have to be ready to jump on unexpected opportunities. And since unexpected opportunities are mostly unexpected, that makes it hard to predict and plan in advance for what you are going to do.

However, success is where preparation and opportunity meet. And preparation takes work, knowledge and support. You will have to do the work yourself, but the ACMP can help you with knowledge and support. We will make sure that the preparation is in place, so that you feel confident to jump on any opportunity you meet!


I thrive in multidisciplinary positions, where research, coordination, education and/or frontline work come together. My area of expertise is Gender-Based Violence, using an intersectional lens. I see teamwork and diversity not only as ethical, but also as opportunities to learn and to improve the quality of my work.