I Am a Phd Student

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 150 People

    Abd

    I have been a graduate student in mathematics for 4 years now. I have finished all of my coursework; and passed the written and oral comprehensive exams. I am now truly ABD....something to be happy about, right? I am so haunted by research and the prospect of not publishing any...
    r3sidue r3sidue
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 11, 2011

    Anyone out there in PhD land?

    ?? How do you get back on a regular sleep schedule?
    nycnolaluv nycnolaluv
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 6, 2014

    The Audacity Of Scientific Morality

    The Audacity of Scientific Morality(http://chakravyu.org/wordpress/the-audacity-of-scientific-morality/)is a scathing attack on the current state of instiutionalized scientific research. With detailed descriptions of incidences involving scientific misconduct including plagiarism...
    kaaungli kaaungli
    36-40
    Apr 21, 2013

    Phd Scam

    Just starting my PhD and I feel so dissapointed. So let me tell you the story: I was invited to join a group for the PhD by a postdoc which I met during my master. At that moment I was working but it felt right to went back to science... I applied for a scholarship in my...
    miu26 miu26
    26-30, F
    May 29, 2013

    Defended My Proposal

    My dissertation is crazy.  After my Chair and her committee approved my proposal and promoted me to doctoral candidate status; my Chair goes off on me about a paragraph that she asked me to add in my Introduction.  Suffice to say, I think the old...
    CrimsonDave CrimsonDave
    26-30
    Jul 3, 2009

    Starting My Program In The Fall

    Hi. I am starting to get pretty worried about my PhD program! I just want to start it and get back into research. I am will be studying Cancer Biology. I have two kids (3.5 and 19 months) and I just worry that I bit off more than I can chew. Any science PhD students out there...
    acanteloupe acanteloupe
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jul 17, 2013

    I am a final year PhD student

    and things have been very demoralising lately. I was having a bad day today until I got my pet fishes named Nemo and Finn. They've totally made my day. I was reminded that nothing lasts forever, things will always get better!
    wondererX wondererX
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 14, 2014

    Corrupt Advisor

    My advisor is totally corrupt.He assigns multiple people, even multiple collaborating research groups, to work on the same problems. When it comes to publication time authorship is only given to those people who directly provide the data in the paper. Actually, in some instances...
    zpchem zpchem
    26-30
    2 Responses May 18, 2011

    I have a confirmation milestone in few weeks,

    and I am freaking out!! This is my second try for PhD, new supervisor is nice, at least I can speak in front of him. But, his qualification is different (I have heard) which is definitely not similar to my specialised area, and honestly my specialised area does not excite me...
    Anuja112 Anuja112
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 24, 2015

    please share your ideas to increase motivation

    and study discipline with me. you can pm me too. thanks to all.
    UFgator UFgator
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 1, 2015

    PhD Studies

    At age 43 I'm a PhD student in my last year or so of studies. I have had a rough time finishing my degree. I think it's because I love learning but not tests!  I feel that, having taken all the required and elected courses in my field that interest me, I have already...
    drpr drpr
    51-55, F
    4 Responses Aug 10, 2008

    Writing

    I am writing my Thesis and hardest part is to concentrate on writing while TAing. Do others feel the same...besides I do pretty well but I feel terribly slowed down at times and lose focus now and then.
    AKTAN AKTAN
    31-35
    3 Responses Nov 8, 2011

    This Is a Long Journey

    i'm realizing that getting a phd is all about jumping through hoops...i'm a 4th year doctoral student in counseling psychology and this is quite possibly one of the most difficult endeavors i've ever undertaken... the first year was literally hell, besides adjusting to the...
    wheeler710 wheeler710
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 4, 2008

    Defended My Proposal

    My dissertation Chair is crazy.  After my Chair and her committee approved my proposal and promoted me to doctoral candidate status; my Chair goes off on me about a paragraph that she asked me to add in my Introduction.  Suffice to say, I think...
    CrimsonDave CrimsonDave
    26-30
    1 Response Jul 3, 2009

    2nd Year Phd And Ready To Drop Out

     I hope some of you might be able to give me some sage advice. I just completed a grant proposal as part of my comprehensive exam, and just received the results. I failed and need to do revisions. I accept that sometimes we can't be at our best and do fail, but what is...
    9cdb1 9cdb1
    31-35
    3 Responses Feb 11, 2012

    Quit Phd

    I have always been a passive person. Instead of creating and deciding on my own, most of my decisions are based on people surrounding me and the popular safe path. As a result, I went straight to college and then to a prestigious grad school (PhD) in US. I don't have much...
    flyawayback flyawayback
    22-25, M
    1 Response Feb 18, 2013

    Time to Grow Up??

    I have spent more than 8 years of my life balancing...... I have been a student and a mom, a student and a working mom, a student and an expat, a student and...... well a student AND... for as long as I can remember. I am beginning to wonder if that is the true crux of my anxiety...
    lmg007 lmg007
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Nov 9, 2008

    One Of The Worst Phd Experience Ever (For Now)

    Hello, I would like to share my story to have other phd students' opinions, it is really important for me because my PhD is becoming a real agony and now I do not know what to do. Everything started last September when I left my home country (Italy) to come to Australia for...
    chiarola chiarola
    31-35
    1 Response Jun 24, 2013

    Just finished a tiny chunk of a tiny part of a

    tiny... that my supervisor asked me weeks ago. I took my own holiday without permission for weeks and I only done a little. I didn't answered my supervisor's message & phone call. Uh-oh. Wait a minute, I write this to celebrate myself for succeeding in starting again the...
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 26, 2015

    I Want To Have A Break

    I am in my third year of my Phd study...I feel so hopeless right now...I have no idea what am I doing...I faced so many obstacles that make me want to give up my study. I am doing something different from my master study. I used to study biology, but now I am in chemistry lab. I...
    thrin thrin
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Oct 23, 2012

    Will Something Ever Work?

    I am a rising third year PhD student. Soon, I have to do my proposal defense and so far I have no data. Initially, when I started in the lab, my experiments were not working. 5 months of nothing. when I decided to join the lab for my project, I wanted to have an open mind and...
    flutura flutura
    26-30
    4 Responses Jun 26, 2011

    Apathy...

    I am sure all PhD students know it. It's why I'm writing this instead of rearranging my notes; it's why you (if you exist....) are reading this instead of getting on with climbing out of the bottomless and slippery-sided pit that is post-graduate research..... Of course, some...
    aedaelenin aedaelenin
    31-35
    1 Response Mar 22, 2013

    Starting Phd

    I'm going to start my PhD. Any suggestions to keep my pace and energies till I finish it successfully and get a degree. The main motto here is not the degree I get, but the quality research I do and learn to do the quality research. As you all know, some conduct the research for...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Oct 19, 2013

    Hell Yeah :D

    Took me 30 years to get my Master's Degree - Now I'm in the process of getting my PhD Life is TOO short - grab an education when you're young, it gets harder as you go along
    justMeeka justMeeka
    56-60, F
    May 27, 2013

    Gave My First "real" Talk About My Thesis Work And...

    I'm happy to report I survived.  There were only 50 people or so, but that's a lot for me.  During a presentation as an undergraduate I had the only episode in my life that I would describe as similar to a panic attack (I had to physically leave the room and breathe for a while...
    Allysync Allysync
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Jan 7, 2011

    Pursuing My Dream...

    I've wanted to pursue my PhD since 1994. I didn't pursue it back then because I thought it would be unfair to my wife; to start life without a job and a means to financially support her. Later, I delayed pursuit because of career, family (kids), and lifestyle. In 2005...
    pharohal pharohal
    41-45, M
    May 6, 2011

    PhD Daze

    The first thing that strikes me on this site is the lack of live PhD student activity. Am I missing something? Are you all hidden away not wanting to be found? Or are you seriously dedicated and hardworking all of the time? Come out, come out from whereever you are because I need...
    Sunnysideout Sunnysideout
    46-50, F
    7 Responses Feb 25, 2009

    Things I Have Learned...

    It has been difficult... I have learned from my mistakes. 1. Keep it as small and simple as you possibly can 2. Networking networking networking... 3. Your relation with your supervisor is the most important thing you have. Work on it! 4. Is not about what you do, is about how...
    phdthesis phdthesis
    31-35
    2 Responses Jan 20, 2012
    skatinem13 skatinem13
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 17, 2015

    It's been 2 years since i started

    and I'm totally losing interest in my topic! Anybody knows how to revive it?
    Ddiva2014 Ddiva2014
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 8, 2014

    Hardest Thing I Have Ever Done

    I really didn't know what I was getting myself into with a PhD, and really there's no way to know.  No matter how many graduate students you talk to, or recent PhDs or faculty, it's such a different experience for each person, so you really can't know if it's for you until...
    Allysync Allysync
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 11, 2010

    Defended My Proposal

    My dissertation is crazy.  After my Chair and her committee approved my proposal and promoted me to doctoral candidate status; my Chair goes off on me about a paragraph that she asked me to add in my Introduction.  Suffice to say, I think the old...
    CrimsonDave CrimsonDave
    26-30
    1 Response Jul 3, 2009

    2nd Year Phd And Ready To Drop Out

     I hope some of you might be able to give me some sage advice. I just completed a grant proposal as part of my comprehensive exam, and just received the results. I failed and need to do revisions. I accept that sometimes we can't be at our best and do fail, but what is...
    9cdb1 9cdb1
    31-35
    Feb 11, 2012

    Is Your Partner Supportive...?

    Anyone out there married AND a PhD student? What kind of support are you getting from your spouses? I'm frustrated because I'm in the writing stage now, but I do most of the cooking and housework, pay the bills, etc. and I work full-time to support the two of us...
    Dalmations Dalmations
    41-45, F
    6 Responses Jul 26, 2009

    I Need Writing Buddy Now Now !! Please Help Me :(

    I am at the last year of my PhD. I am suppose to submit my thesis by the end of this year!! That means I have only 6 months and I have not start writing my chapters yet!! I am really stuck :( Please help me
    dinafagir dinafagir
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jun 22, 2013

    My defense is tomorrow

    and I kinda want to throw up. :|
    RikkiDF RikkiDF
    26-30, F
    May 20, 2015
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