Updated: Aug 13, 2019
This is my first blog post, and if I am honest, I am not entirely sure what to write about. To start, I think I will introduce myself. If you do not know me, I am a PhD student researching gender, politics, and media representation at the University of Strathclyde. However, you might have been able to tell that if you looked anywhere else on my website.
It has become a significant part of my life now. However, I never thought I would become a PhD student. I moved to Scotland from the United States to complete a Master’s degree, and two years later, I am still here. Starting on this journey has had its obstacles. When I moved to Scotland, it felt like I was starting my life all over again. I was moving away from my family, friends, and everything that felt familiar. But I wanted to do this, and I do not regret moving to a new country. Scotland has become my new home, and I am grateful I have the means to live in another country.
If you are thinking about moving to a new country or even a new city, my advice would be, why not? It does not have to be permanent, and it could be a life-changing experience. Since living abroad, one of the greatest lessons I have learned is to put myself out there more in social situations. In the US, I become comfortable with the people I knew and where I lived. When I moved to Scotland, I did not know a single person and had to make all new friends. I have had some successes and failures with developing friendships, but the more I engage with university life and my community, the happier I feel.
Now if you are thinking about starting a PhD, you're crazy. Just kidding. Although it is unlike any method of learning, I have experienced before. I am about six months into my first year and have already written the words “political discourse” more than I thought I would in my entire life. However, if you are seriously considering starting a PhD, my best advice is to be passionate about your topic. You will be writing and reading about it for a few years so you really, really need to like it. Secondly remember, the PhD journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself, take time for extracurriculars that have nothing to do with your field of study or spend time with family and friends. You do not want to burn out halfway through the marathon. Therefore, if you feel you have a great idea worth sharing, go for it!