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Feeling stupid
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Hi
I am starting my phd next month but I just feel so stupid all the time. I feel like my supervisor who I admire so much regrets choosing me to work with and I’m sure she would love to work with someone else much more. In fact I’m sure if someone else comes along she would ditch me for them which would make me so sad.
I feel like I always say the wrong things and do the wrong things and that everyone hates me and I feel invisible. I never get chosen for anything like scholarships because I’m so stupid I guess.
I wish I never agreed to this phd.

Struggled to get through Bachelor's, should I even consider a Master's
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I got a third class degree and got a distinction in my masters ... if you are willing to work hard nothing is impossible. My career prospects definitely improved after.
And I’m starting a phd this year. Education is everything and if you want to give it a go, why not.
Twenty years ago when I did my first degree there was much less support for struggling students. Today there are options. Check out your university’s library and academic skills department for extra support in improving your approach, for instance. Or ask the academic liaison librarians for help with referencing and research.
I think you should go for it!

How to make PhD Institution Choice
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Quote From eng77:
Hi. Choose the funded PhD. Getting accepted without a fund is nothing. If you struggle financially, you will not feel the excitement of the project nor the brilliance of the supervisor. Even funded PhD students do not have a great financial status during PhD. So what about self funded? Be realistic and go for the funded one.


Getting accepted without funding is nothing?!? All my supervisors started their phds with no funding and then got it after. The fact op got funding elsewhere shows their project is fundable and will likely be offered the money if they go to the uni they love for a year and make a new application. Don’t spread nonsense please. Do what you feel op.

Anxiety
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Quote From Mademoisella:
Oh gosh, that’s very organised of you, waitinggame :). Well done!

Today I was invited to take part in an online workshop for the understanding, handling and sharing of cancer data in my country by my supervisor. Having small things to focus on does help to ease the anxious thoughts a little.

Good luck with your PhD studies and thank you for taking your time to respond :).


Haha! Thank you so much. And yes it really does work but I suppose if you want to get to the root of the problem, a university counsellor might help? Good luck with the workshop! Xxx

Anxiety
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Quote From Mademoisella:
Thank you for you response, eng77.

I really hope my original message doesn’t come across as ungrateful or complaining. I am so happy for this opportunity.
At the same time, I just don’t feel good enough and wondered really if anyone else had felt this way and went on to have a great experience, or if these thoughts continued to plague throughout.

I’m not afraid of hard work though, so you’re right - hopefully digging in at 100% will help me shift some anxiety. You can’t feel anxious if you don’t have time for such thoughts.

:)

Take care,

M


Yes! I am starting research now even though I start in September so that I don’t have time for anxious thoughts! I’m too busy haha

have your research illustrated by a science illustrator!
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I wish I was doing science! This sounds so cool!

should I withdraw?
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Quote From student2021:
Thanks so much for these supportive replies. It has really helped me to reflect over recent days. I feel okay about leaving the PhD behind now, and will talk to my supervisor about the option of PhD by publication - I hadn't even realised that was an option. This is all hugely appreciated.


Awesome! Let us know how it goes and well done for your achievements. I’m starting my phd in September and I hope I can do what you achieved because it’s amazing in itself. Not only the book but the fact that you are taking care of your mental health by walking away when necessary. I don’t want to hurt myself over a qualification

should I withdraw?
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Can you switch to a phd by publication instead?

Anyone else waiting for techne /ahrc funding decision
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Hi Marmite, thank you so much. I will definitely let you know what happens. So many results seem to be coming out at the moment. I hope it isn't going to take too much longer. I want to see my rejection with my own eyes haha! I am a total pessimist by the way. Actually I have been wanting to ask you something for the past couple of days. When you were wondering about the result, you seemed so confident. Did you have an intuition that you might get it? I believe in that sort of thing... I am even checking my astrology to see if there are any predictions in there somewhere!!! Any clues!! haha I can't stop laughing at how ridiculous I am!

Anyone else waiting for techne /ahrc funding decision
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Quote From marmite92:
Thank you! It hasn't sunk in yet- but I'm so happy. I just hope Removed62713 gets funded too so it can be celebrations all round!


:'( I hope there's a chance for me tooooo

Anyone else waiting for techne /ahrc funding decision
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Hi marmite - it's me - the OP. I realised I had 2 accounts here and deleted the wrong one by mistake. OMG luv - wowowowowowowow I am so happy for youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu