Unfortunately my PhD is getting near to the end I know that the word unfortunately may sound strange for someone knowing how difficult it is to perform a PhD programme, but if you really enjoy it you will overcome every difficulty.
In this period of the year our lab is packed of post graduate students coming for interviews to get a PhD position and I had the chance to speak with some of them. They were asking me Why did you do a PhD? Do you like it? Is that stressful?
They really bring my mind back to 3 years ago
I remember that I took this decision with time. After my bachelor degree I only knew that I liked my subject Biology and Biomedical applications but I didn't have any idea on what to do in the future. Then I decided to continue with my Master degree and undertake an Erasmus Placement in the UK to enrich or s
tart my experience in research. At that time I was sharing my flat with five other PhD students and together with my new experience in the lab I started to have a rough idea of what it could be like to undertake a PhD programme I could see that they were not doing regular hours of work (not like a normal job), sometimes they were coming back home saying: it didn't work again! But they were really motivated and they loved science!
I think that the only driver in the whole journey is your self-motivation.
So what is your motivation? Is it the title of being a Doctor? Is it because your friend is doing a PhD as well or because you love your project and the idea of working on it?
If you are not convinced yet wait for a while and do not rush to it. After all this is going to be at least three years of your life and you need to make sure you will not run out of enthusiasm in the middle of the journey.
My good reason to do a PhD: if you like science and you want to be trained to be a researcher, if you want to find a research problem and figure out a scientific solution and you want to put in practise that solution. If you want to learn how to present your results and, in the end, put all your efforts in your thesis...then this is the best journey for you!
Anna Rita Liuzzi