I hope all of you are doing well. I figured I should catch up with you and decided to write a little bit about life during the PhD.
As many of you may know by now, I am working towards getting a PhD in biology. What this means is that I have been working on trying to answer questions about a biological phenomenon for the past 3.5 yrs. It has had its ups and downs, but I think that I have been managing well.
Lately, however, I’ve been questioning whether this is the right path for me. In between being sick with my hip issues and trying to live life, I’ve been questioning whether this is striking the right life-work balance for me. To be honest, during the past 3.5 years, I have worked so much and I am beginning to feel physically and mentally worn out. I even worked through all of my surgeries because I wanted to move my project forward and, although I was really productive, I am also really tired.
I think this question is coming up because I had expected to finish my PhD this summer, however, it has become clear to me that I will be spending an extra year working on it. This has its pros and cons, however, I was not expecting to have to continue working this hard for the next year. I think getting a PhD is definitely a journey that I am equipped to handle, but I am wondering if I will be able to strike a good balance where I am living my life productively and also working in an environment that allows me to have this life.
I think what is adding to my unhappiness is that I have compromised a lot of my personal life so that I could put my career first. I am getting to an age where I am beginning to really think about what is important in my life.
I don’t know if any of you are going through this, but your input will be appreciated.
I hope you are all having lovely weekends…and I leave you with some photos from my recent visit to the Whitney.