Not That Kind of Doctor
Five years ago, I moved to L.A. to begin a Ph.D.
I made new friends, desperately missed my old ones, learned to be a better driver (not good, but better), discovered charm in a city that was not New York, found a man I love and married him, moved to the Midwest, moved back to California, learned a lot, wrote a lot, and .... have earned my doctorate.
I probably have more to say on the topic, but I also have dissertation revisions that need to be made, so for now, I will leave you with this quote:
"Doing a PhD is hard. It's supposed to be otherwise everyone would have one. It's nothing like the study you've done before, not even a Masters. It's supposed to break you and turn you into something else. In that way, we might think of it as a four year hazing. You'll get through it and you'll be a stronger and richer person for it but understand that scholarly work taxes your personhood."