March 30, 2007

Intelligence or Perseverence?

Carrying a doctorate research is not a trivial task. One might say that a phd candidate needs to be intelligent. Maybe a certain level of intelligence is needed but another can argue that it is all up to perseverence. The strength to move forward against all sorts of uphill struggles is indeed vital. Psychological strength? Emotional? Physical? I believe that a doctorate research is not only for the cream of the crops but it is for the strong-minded, the ones with strong determination, the ones who are not easily crushed by PhD doldrums… The mental health of doctorate candidates is a bit of a taboo. I’ve heard stories of manic depression, suicidal attempts (and success!!)... the list goes on.

I strongly believe that you should have something or someone to fall back to. In my case, I believe that my faith in God really helps me to move forward in my PhD. You might have different ways to handle rough situations in your PhD and its good to share them.

As a PhD candidate to another, keep the fire burning and lets be optimistic. Life is greater than just a PhD.


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  1. K. Clement

    Found your blog while trying to think of ideas for a “geek’s bible study group.” Yah, a group for Christians who are also into science, technology, and ideas to get together. I’m in Canada, I’m a medical librarian (Masters in Library Studies) and also teach Research Methods. I found your blog. It blessed me and made me smile :-)
    Thanks!

    And you are right—let’s keep the fire burning. Your research is worthwhile and I believe that God will help you all the way!

    03 Apr 2007, 00:41

  2. K.Clement,

    I’m glad that it blessed you and made you smile :) I believe that it is also a blessing to blessed others. I do hope that my entries on my blog would glorify God and bless others.

    Keep in touch and all the best in all your undertakings.

    03 Apr 2007, 10:34


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