No end to bad news
The last good news I heard was that I had passed my upgrades. It has gone downhill since then.
For those who didn’t know, what “upgrades” refer to, it is a special system in place at the Warwick Business School whereby any student who joins the WBS Doctoral programme has to go through.
You have to successfully complete a first year's research training programme (attending classes a day every week), submit two assignments - one on the philosophical thinking and tradition associated with your own research and another assignment whereby you critique the research methodology used in a journal paper - either qualitative and quantitative. I choose to go for the quantitative and was really relieved when I found out that I was one of the only four who had passed out of a total of 11 students that had chosen to do a quantitative paper.
Finally you have to present your research proposal in front of a panel. You only get upgraded from MPhil to PhD status only after the panel gives the green light. I was one of the lucky guys who were upgraded without any problems.
Well right after that, I have been bombarded by one bad news after the other.
I didn’t get the University scholarship and also found out the WBS won’t be giving me a scholarship for the next term. I had assumed that they would automatically renew the scholarship even though they had clearly stated that it was only for the duration of one year. In my ignorance I had not applied for any other scholarship with the result that I would have to come up with the fees myself. As usual they have increased the fees for international students from £9700 annually to £10300. I guess I am lucky to receive the bursary awards which goes towards my fees. But I still have to figure how to come up with the rest, which amounts to around £6000.
I also found out that I am not among the tutors, taking the Marketing Analysis Seminar classes next term, so there goes my extra income.
That’s not the end of my bad news. My car broke down yesterday and looks like it has to be written off as scrap. I have to get a new car asap and it will go from my PhD fund.
I have to get a good job SOON or it looks like I have to say bye to the Warwick Experience.
Moral of the story:
- Don’t start a PhD unless you have money to pay for it &
- Don’t take scholarships for granted.