Salam beautiful people,
Yet again, another sporadic post from me after MIA-ing for a very long time. I’m in final year of my PhD at the moment (alhamdulillah) so currently I’ve been spending more time writing and finishing up experiments while trying to balance my health and well-being. Honestly, it is harder at this phase - more things are piling up, the need to get things finished on time, the stresses coming from your neverending to-do list. But inshaAllah, I’m hoping to get things finished as soon as possible. Rabbuna yuqawwik!
If you’re considering to do your PhD, just a heads up, it is not going to be easy. Before starting, ask yourself why do you want to do it? Purify your intention: do it for a higher purpose, for the sake of Allah. And (I kid you not) Allah will make it easier for you.
Things won’t be smooth and you need to sacrifice a lot of things. For the last two weeks, I’ve been working late (as in 9pm late) in the lab and the week after that, I was down with a fever (likely due to stress which lowers your immune system). Coincidentally, this article just got published in Guardian which addresses the harsh reality of being a PhD student. Yes, you’ll be getting a Dr in front of your name but you may or may not get the recognition that you deserve at the end of your PhD after those toiling years.
Moral of the story: love yourself and love the project that you want to embark on. And be grateful, alhamdulillah! That is all.
p/s: Du’as are highly appreciated! :D