Long Road to PhD
For the longest time, I’ve doubted my ability to fit in a schooling system, asking myself whether I was “academically stupid.” It is only a few years ago—as I was researching extensively and talking about nutrition and its impact on our mental and emotional state—that it struck me: I was “high” throughout my childhood and my primary and secondary schooling years, i.e. heavily medicated because of my chronic asthma and sinus problems. Born with a weak immune system, I was very susceptible to flu, cough and throat infections, as well as diarrhoea. Much later on, having largely overcome my childhood health challenges, subconsciously, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do scholarly work.
In a friendly and down-to-earth way, Dr. Laura Valadez-Martinez illustrates issues that many doctoral students face. The talk covers seven challenges that may emerge during a PhD and it encapsulates a sense of academic rigor that one has to go through to finish a PhD.