PhD lifestyle guilt

I think this goes along nicely with my post about people asking me when I’ll graduate. For me, the PhD IS my job, and while there are times I dislike it, I mostly love it! I wish the guilt over “when I’ll get out” didn’t exist.

The Thesis Whisperer

This post was written by Paula Hanaszwho is currently writing a thesis on the geopolitics of water security in South Asia at The ANU. She is enrolled at the Australia National University but currently spends more time on her couch than in her office or the library.

I’m going to take a moment out of my busy study schedule to interrupt yours by telling you about my experiences with PhD Lifestyle Guilt. This is, as the name might suggest, the perennial guilt about having the sort of life where ‘work’ involves sitting around on the couch reading interesting stuff, and getting grants to go to international conferences.

easy chairOf course the PhD Lifestyle is not like that for everybody. I’m fortunate enough that, in Australia at least, writing a thesis in the humanities means no coursework. And no coursework means very little reason to be on campus. Ever…

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One thought on “PhD lifestyle guilt

  1. Sarah, Yes! I totally lost it last week when my own beloved mother mocked me in front of an in-law who has just begun her PhD saying, “you will probably finish before Susan”! Hah! If I wasn’t interrupting my studies to work, care for my daughter, and you mom who lives across the country, the brothers who can’t manage to earn enough to live on or have gambled away the tax money of the house you live in! Finish? I’ll finish, yes and it will be just in time, my time.

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