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Thread: Feeling Lost

25-Nov-19, 10:52
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posted about 6 months ago
Hi there!

Before expressing my feelings let me give you some background info. So, i am a Phd student in Economics at my (small) home country, who holds a master's degree from one of the most well-known econ departments in Europe.

After my master's, since i did not manage to get admitted to the Phd program of my master's institution, i decided to come back to my home country for the Phd. The problem is that things at my current institution are very disfunctional.

The Phd program is completely disorganized, no coursework, no research seminars, no collaboration between Phd students, and between students and professors, no funding, very little research activity of faculty members etc.

I am in the beggining of my 2nd year (i am 25 years old) and there is little that i have done regarding my Phd. Most of the time in the first year got wasted since i was assigned a supervisor who had little to do with my field of interest and thus he was not able to provide useful guidance, The fact that there is no coursework has made me spend much time learning stuff that i could have learnt in 5 classes. No collaboration and communication with professors result in spending months trying to figure out what is going on in the field, what are the advances, missing questions etc.

Finally, the fact that it is self-funded, along with the very weak placements of past graduates make the daily life overwhelming.

So, before deciding to give it up, i would like to ask you for an advice. I know that i am still young and could possibly attempt to go to another school for a Phd but this experience has made me feel depressed and i don't know if it is still worth it.
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