Photo by Brook Anderson on Unsplash

This is the first long-form piece in PhD Woes written by a PhD student who would like to remain anonymous and edited by me. A rock climber and ecologist, this person decided to leave their PhD but then made the difficult decision to go back during the coronavirus pandemic. They talk about how their identity as an immigrant also plays a role in all this.

If you are interested in submitting your story to PhD Woes, please check out this post.

“It was as if, because of the very strangeness of my heritage and the worlds I straddled, I was…


Photo by Holly Mandarich on Unsplash

This post is part of the anonymous series PhD Diary. For more information on how to submit your own diary to the series, visit this page. To read more about PhD Woes and why I started this publication, check out this post.

This PhD Diary comes from K., who is based in the United States.

How many years in are you?
4

What are your pronouns?
she, her

Field of study
Integrative Medicine, Nature-Based Healthcare

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
I plan to create evidenced-based treatments focusing on nature-based healthcare interventions

Your PhD Experience

Describe what a typical day or…


Photo by Alin Andersen on Unsplash

This post is part of the anonymous series PhD Diary. For more information on how to submit your own diary to the series, visit this page. To read more about PhD Woes and why I started this publication, check out this post.

This PhD Diary comes from V., who is based in India.

How many years in are you?
5

What are your pronouns?
she

Field of study
Human Resource and Management

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
Interested in doing research and also for academic purposes

Your PhD Experience

Describe what a typical day or week looks like for you…


Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

This post is part of the anonymous series PhD Diary. For more information on how to submit your own diary to the series, visit this page. To read more about PhD Woes and why I started this publication, check out this post.

This PhD Diary comes from C., who is based in the United Kingdom.

How many years in are you?
Completed (4 years total)

Field of study
Plant Molecular Biology

Why did you decide to do a PhD? Because I was young and naive and thought this was the career I wanted because I wanted to help save the…


Photo by Jeet Dhanoa on Unsplash

This post is part of the anonymous series PhD Diary. For more information on how to submit your own diary to the series, visit this page. To read more about PhD Woes and why I started this publication, check out this post.

This PhD Diary comes from T., who is based in Greece.

How many years in are you?
5

What are your pronouns?
she/her

Field of study
Engineering

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
I wanted to have a solid science understanding and approach to my engineering background especially in developing processes.

Your PhD Experience

Describe what a typical day…


Photo by Joseph Costa on Unsplash

This post is part of the anonymous series PhD Diary. For more information on how to submit your own diary to the series, visit this page. To read more about PhD Woes and why I started this publication, check out this post.

This PhD Diary comes from C., who is based in the Italy and looking into switching PhD programs because of issues with an advisor.

How many years in are you?
Six months

Field of study
Forestry

Why did you decide to do a PhD? Several reasons. I wanted to continue the project that I started during my Master’s…


Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

This post is part of the anonymous series PhD Diary. For more information on how to submit your own diary to the series, visit this page. To read more about PhD Woes and why I started this publication, check out this post.

This PhD Diary comes from G., who is based in the United States.

How many years in are you?
4.5 years

What are your pronouns?
me, I, us, we

Field of study
health services research

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
to add to my expertise and experience so that I can be impactful

Your PhD Experience

Describe what…


Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

If you’re a PhD student or you’ve completed a PhD, you probably have at least one or two horror stories.

This is the space for that.

In PhD Woes, you will find anonymous stories from PhD students or people recovering from finishing or quitting their PhDs.

This idea was inspired by all the conversations I’ve had with fellow PhD students while I was doing a PhD. There’s a need for an open and safe space for people to express what they are going through and give advice to those who are thinking about doing a PhD.

I have a friend…


Photo by Jean-Philippe Delberghe on Unsplash

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic reached the US in a big way, I’ve dreading the turn of the seasons in New York. That’s because I know that people will come out in droves to enjoy nicer weather. And that could be bad for our collective health.

New Yorkers don’t get very much spring or fall weather. So for that reason, when it is nice outside and not completely terribly cold or hot, we often feel guilt for not taking advantage of nice weather.

I started writing about the coronavirus back in January, and I know how reluctant Americans may be…


Identity theft is a problem in the afterlife

In 2012, the family of a deceased soldier in the United States was blindsided when they started seeing his face on ads for dating websites. His photo was being used to entice more people to visit the site.

In another case, a woman received new Facebook messages sent from the account of a dead friend, says Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University who studies the digital afterlife. Someone was impersonating her friend and using his account to harass her. …

Chia-Yi Hou

Science journalist based in New York with a PhD in infectious disease ecology. @chiayi_hou on Twitter.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store