It’s always good to hear “True Stories”.
Today’s article is a real life experience shared by a PhD Student (Shruthi) from New York.
This is one of feel good experience and I’m sure, you are going to gain some valuable experience from her experience.
It feels so good when anyone speaks aloud the thoughts going on in almost everyone’s mind. I could relate myself so much to the things you voiced in the video – The “not so sexy” Part of Studying in USA.
Yes , many things can go wrong in a day. But it will be in our hands to decide the way these results will effect us…mentally!
I am a PhD student Out of my bachelors. I live about 15 min from my campus and walk almost everyday to school. (No extra fitness training needed here!)
My mentor keeps me on nerves always and I almost dread our lab meetings.
He expects me to outperform than a regular masters student who is almost done through his research in the university.
My experiments go wrong and sometimes will have to stay in my lab all night.
My on-campus job starts at 7 in the morning and sometimes I oversleep and be late to work.
I don’t find time to go thoroughly through all my courses as In undergrad. My own financial resources barely help me meet the needs in NYC.
Sometimes I feel like my friends in other universities are having a smoother sail.
Yet, I don’t regret the decision of coming to US and studying here.
For one reason that this is “my choice” and I am definitely happy about it.
Also, I get to learn a lot of things in my lab in a better way than a regular 2ns semester student would learn.
I feel like my schedule management has improved.
My time management and money management skills definitely improved than back In India when I was in a hostel during my undergrad.
I stay Relaxed
Coming to how do I manage to compose myself through all this is, I try to unwind as often as possible.
I spend some quality time with my friends and nearby relatives.
If I did something wrong, intentionally or no, I try not to repent much about it (Which builds up the tension) as it is already done.
Listen to good music, Watch my favorite sitcoms & movies, visit some places if time permits.
My parents are really concerned about me.
I talk to them almost everyday atleast for a few minutes but video chatting is just not a compulsion. Only when we find time, we skype.
Health Comes First
All I would like to tell my friends here is try not to control everything. But keep yourself organized.
I’ve seen many of my friends here don’t have a proper meal schedule and don’t have a balanced diet.
Keep yourself healthy and fit and your first priority should be food. Because if you become ill, you cannot really expect your friends to help you recover. They Are on their own too!
If something goes wrong and is out of your control, relax, don’t worry. Just tell yourself that all is well. Have fun!