So this week I sat down to write an ErrantScience article all about the PhD experience. I’ve written plenty about PhDs before from various perspectives but the article I was writing gave me pause.
I am keenly aware that my own PhD experience doesn’t exactly match up with my peers and certainly if internet memes are to believed then all PhDs are terrible horrible stressful scary things requiring 20+ hours days. With my own students I’ve even seen VASTLY different PhD experiences which makes writing about ‘the’ experience a bit tricky.
My reasons for wanting to write about the experience is because what I want is to try and give people a realistic insight into PhD life from my normal slightly irreverent post of view. Which I still think is valuable as many prospective PhD students have little to no idea what a PhD entails.
I still want to do this but I don’t think writing about one experience, either one that’s either my own or a combination of ones around me, is very helpful.
So, that’s where this slightly different article comes in. What I’d very much like is some input from you the reader.
If you are a either an ex-PhD student or a current one then I’d like you to comment below with something about doing a PhD that you didn’t expect (good or bad)
If you aren’t doing a PhD but are curious about them (even if it’s just a passing curiosity) then post a question about PhD life.
I’ll take both and combine them into an article next week in which I’ll try and explore the ins and outs of PhD life an answer as many oddities and questions as possible.
Get commenting and I’ll get researching and writing!