In August 2013, I entered a PhD program and this academic year, I should defend my dissertation and graduate from my PhD program.
During that time, I have had a variety of experiences ranging from the negative to the positive. I have had the wonderful experience of meeting new friends and learning new things, while at the same time experiencing subtle racism and deaths in the family. These experiences taught me about my own resilience and the power of community.
I originally wanted to write about my school experiences after I graduated, but after talking with my sister, I realized that in this moment there might be a person who could benefit from the various experiences that I have had. I have a list of 30 topics ranging from #PhDingWhile depressed to single to traveling to death to transferring. Some of the posts will be more narrative style and just sharing my experiences, while other posts will provide advice and resources on how to overcome certain situations.
I don’t have a schedule for when I will write these posts because one thing I am working on is just going with the flow and not overworking myself. But since I have a general idea of each topic, I suspect I will post a couple of times a month.
I hope that these thoughts and experiences that I share help others make it through a PhD program and know that they are not alone in this journey.