Saturday, 13 June 2009

The light at the end of the tunnel….

Two weeks ago (1st June) was the third anniversary of me starting my PhD. For the past two years, I have blogged (here and here), about my PhD and its progress (sort of) at each anniversary and have even celebrated by bringing in cake to share with my lab mates. Sadly, this third anniversary may be the last I will ever celebrate if things go according to plan. I should be happy because it means that my PhD will soon be complete and I will enter a new period of my life and not have the burden of lab work/thesis writing or ‘feelings of guilt for not being in the lab or not reading a manuscript’ hanging over my shoulder. A few weeks ago I prepared an application to extend my candidature and scholarship for another six months. Part of this application required a detailed ‘time line’ of my plans for the extra six months of time and funding I was asking for. In it I had to state what I was doing month-by-month until the end of the year and this included submitting my thesis in early January 2010. The main reason I feel a little sadness over completing is because, unlike most PhD students, I have enjoyed every step of my PhD. I immersed myself in university life as much as I could and feel I have received as much back as a result. Thankfully, I haven’t encountered too many obstacles from my PhD and this also has contributed to an enjoyable candidature. Anyway, I won’t go into detail about my candidature but my point is, the time during my PhD has been the best few years of my life – academically, socially, personally. And to think that these enjoyable years are now coming to an end is a little sad. On a happy note, I’m so not going according to that timeline I prepared so this PhD thing may go on a little longer than proposed.

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