Dr. Richard Huysmans

How to Fall in Love with Your PhD

So much of what people tell you when you sign up to do a PhD — from within and without academia — is that “you’ll hate it”. Or “you won’t enjoy it”. Or “PhDs are meant to suck”.

Yet, prior to that point most of what you get is “Yeah, go for it”. Or “You’d be so suited to a PhD”.

So, on one hand you’re courted and told you’ll be awesome. And then once you’re in you’re told it’ll be f#cking hard!

How can you tread the line between loving it and hating? Or loving it and being told you’ll hate it?