(re: “Overqualified”/Quitter remarks) But then that erases two years of my life off of my CV which to me is even worse. I started my PhD in 2012, coming straight from a Bachelor’s. Type: My art career seems ruined and my academic prospects have completely dried up. I dodged my supervisor for the entire semester which made me feel even worse. It took almost eight years and a mental problem to make me stop wading around in denial and finally throw the towel for the sake of my health. Great post. I do not feel that the three years was a waste of time. I have been thinking about quitting practically since the day I started 4 years ago. Passion is gone, not even interested in what I am doing anymore. I left a full-time teaching job to come back to studying and, in spite of having being in a fully-funded program, I quite miss being a full-time teacher, and at times, I have regretted beginning the PhD. That field is small and shrinking fast. I agree with all these since I experienced them by myself. Thank you so much for posting this.

It scared me so badly, shook me one week straight, and wanted to quit, but all I could do was to ask for a different supervisor. It’s a very personal decision, something I try to stay out of because I have no idea, only on what impact it has on them daily. Academic work is now basically casual or short term contracts. Now it’s a cruel joke. The promises of the program and the bright shiny future have not been fulfilled, and the only reason I am still here is that I have a payback obligation. And then we have the politics. WE did all of the work, 80 to 100 hours a week, and we were unpaid! This is the most useful thing I’ve read in a year . I have planned so much after and want to work in the field and bring about changes in my country. Thank you everybody! Love to hear about your experiences in the comments. I was so excited to begin my PhD. I am in a very large research group composed of 90% chinese – me being American I am pretty much just a shadow to my advisor who cares more about his chinese bees then I. I am a homeless unsupported student and this is really affecting me.

Thanks for the insightful posts.

I can’t imagine a time that I will feel regret, as my experience was instructive despite its outcome. Equally, if I was enjoying it it’d help! But, I don’t want to have a talk to him anymore… I feel bad about that. I have made very little progress on my thesis project despite a lot of effort and late nights working on experiments. Here, a thesis statement is a last but one sentence so that an introduction finishes with an emphatic direct quotation: Though there are theories of the future, where the humans benefit from the merge with robots, the prospects of humans to be the governing force in this new form of life are rather doom. Having realised that, thoughts of withdrawing have started to crop up. Premium With the stress of the absent defense my epilepsy went haywire and I began suffering major anxiety and depression to boot. I regularly hear people say to others, “Doing a PhD means you have an easy time, since you have few responsibilities and can work pretty much independently and when it suits you.” Of course it’s not easy at all (and sometimes the freedom can overwhelm people), and it would be better if we admitted it so we could come up with ways of helping doctoral students. placed in the introduction and should be comprised of two parts: a topic part, which states The people I work with in these units are dedicated professionals and, no doubt, have talked many a PhD student through this kind of crisis. It has now been three and a half years and every year am convinced i made the wrong choice. At first I found my topic to be quite interesting. I meant to say underpaid, but you get my point. That’s shows how much he had love for me. For example, I witnessed a former student (who graduated with a PhD from my program) come back to the university to teach. What I really wanted to do was Science Communication. Also – thanks for all the above posts, it’s made me feel much less lonely! But, believe me, getting fully recovered in long term is somehow impossible. I completely identified myself with all the statements you laid down, and I’m one of those who came to do a PhD just because of others’ expectations on me. When you add up the cost of stipend, tuition, and professors’ time, someone could have bought a house or a family in a developing country could have been supported for 10 years. Well, I imagined for a moment that my name would appear in one of those schedule cells, like it happened last year, but it didn’t. I would like to respond to each story, but perhaps I will just ‘blah’ here instead and see what comes of it. If/when the time is right to go – you’ll know in your heart 100%. I noticed, though, that the more one progresses on this, the more commitments are made, and the more compelled one feels to continue; thus, making it difficult to decide to just step down this ship (although I have considered other options in order to avoid the embarrassment of being judged as “one of those who quit a great opportunity”) I simply don’t bite this anymore… and it feels like, if I continue, it’ll take three to four more years (of monotony, repetition, isolation, etc). His words are always strong with me. Yes – definitely a dream. I do have a high level of interest in the field I am working in but I am stuck working on a project that just isn’t work and the combination of little help/feedback is making matters worse. Using such a pattern is great, for it helps you structure your essay and add logic and coherence to it, as each supporting point becomes a topic sentence of a paragraph developing the idea.