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Top 3 Lessons from My PhD Journey...

Updated: Feb 10


Submitting my thesis at the Oxford's Examination Schools

On 28 September 2015 I took the biggest leap in my academic life, leaving Nairobi for Oxford to start my PhD. It's been 4 long and intense years.

As I accomplish the biggest milestone in my academic life, I wish to thank all those who have supported me along the way. I am eternally indebted to my family for the undying support in both good and bad times. My supervisor who took me in and patiently molded me into the academic I have become. My dear friends who made the Oxford experience more incredible. Memories of you will remain forever etched in me.

Top 3 lessons from my journey that may be helpful to those just about to begin a similar journey:


Hobbies Hobbies Hobbies Yes you love your subject! But I promise you, no matter how much you love your PhD, it is not going to love you in equal measure. It will slap you on the face every now and then. That’s where hobbies will come in handy, perfectly soothing your injuries.


Develop and maintain a support system The PhD journey is quite long. Be intentional about developing a strong support system both in the lab and at home. These are people who will hold you when down and celebrate achievements with you.


Just start You will feel paralyzed at times, trying to draft that journal paper, trying to start those experiments, those simulations, trying to start writing up. My advice, just start. Many times that paper/experiment/thesis draft won't be perfect, but just start working on it, get feedback and improve it. As they say, Done is better than perfect.

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