August 02, 2008

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.

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  1. Antigone

    I think you just have to hang in there. This is something that I’ve heard a lot over recent years and it seems to be good advice. My daughter got a school bursary which I thought was a bit strange as it had been several years since she’s left school but it turned out that it referred to the particular subject school at the university she went to. It was quite a surprise when she first heard about it because she hadn’t applied for a bursary. Things didn’t exactly go smoothly, there were several incidents of misfortune along the way, not least when her laptop which had practically all her work on it got stolen. She also had to move four times which became a bit of a running joke as we all thought she could write a book on university accomodation in this particular city. Despite all the trauma and upheaval she went through She never once complained or even so much as hinted that everything was any less than “perfectly fine”. She didn’t know a soul when she went there and I realise now what an asset it is not to know anyone and to think that is no problem at all. It’s not even thinking it’s not a problem, it’s not even thinking about it because it’s something of such little significance that it doesn’t even cross your mind. There are some people I will always be in awe of and she’s one of them. Which reminds me tonight we saw the Zombie Night Train unexpectedly and they were amazing. What I love about most young people these days is that they’re completely accepting of people regardless of creed, colour, age or class and we walked into this gig and nobody batted an eyelid, we were just accepted as people who wanted to listen to the band. My partner, who is more into rock than me was overawed with how good they were and so was Dave and we couldn’t help but get into it too after ten minutes or so. I turned to the person next to me and said how good they were and he said “Awesome, totally awesome”. Actually I’m amazed at how much talent there is about. I’ve noticed that some people don’t seem to need other people as much as others which sometimes makes me feel concerned because I always think of that song which goes “people, people who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” but then I realise that everyone is an individual and sometimes I think that some people are suppressing their need for other people and sometimes I think I speculate too much.

    03 Aug 2008, 00:13

  2. Thanks for the comment Antigone. Afters years working, it was fun going back to student life. I felt so free again but unfortunately the reality is that I am no longer young and have a wife and kids that depends on me. Makes me wonder whether leaving my job to further my studies was such a good idea considering the fact that I never had enough money to pursue a programme int he first place. I had hoped that I would somehow get some form of scholarship which I did but that’s gone now and I have to think of how I am going to come up with all the money. And that’s only for this term. I have at least another year to go before I complete my research.

    05 Aug 2008, 18:05

  3. Sue

    Here are some jokes to cheer you up:-

    1. two blonds walk into a building.

    You’d think one of them would have seen it.

    2. A guy walks into a pschiatrist wearing only cling film for shorts.

    The shrink says “well I can clearly see your nuts.

    3. A man came round in hospital after a serious accident

    He shouted “Doctor, doctor, I can’t feel my legs.”

    The doctor replied “I know you can’t, I cut your arms off.”

    4. I went to a seafood disco last week and pulled a muscle.

    5. Man goes to the doctor with a strawberry growing out of his head.

    Doc says ” I’ll give you some cream to put on it.”

    6. “Doc, I can’t stop singing the green, green grass of home”

    “That souns like Tom Jones syndrome”

    “Is it common?”

    “It’s not unusual.”

    7. A man takes his rottweiller to the vet.

    “My dogs cross eyed, is there anything you can do for him?”

    The vet picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth.

    Finally he says “I’m going to have to put him down”

    “What, because he’s cross eyed?”

    “No, because he’s really heavy.”

    They’re actually emails but I don’t think I can pass them on like that on here.

    05 Aug 2008, 23:58

  4. Sue

    This one’s quite appropriate for you at the moment, Dilip:-

    So I was getting into my car and this bloke says to me

    “Can I give you a lift?”

    I said “Sure, you look great, the world’s your oyster, go for it.”

    06 Aug 2008, 07:15

  5. Adam

    “It’s not unusual” You have to be of a certain age to get the Tom Jones joke. I did and I guess I am not that young.

    Thanks for the jokes Sue.

    06 Aug 2008, 11:31


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