Our family spent a lovely weekend at Wombeyan Caves. We cheated and stayed in a dorm to avoid packing up tents in the rain. We all adored the caves and the lively camping ground. It reminded me of why I study geomorphology. Karst rock features in the caves were so diverse and amazing. The caves were still, damp, quiet, dark and sparkly (well I imagined they were quiet if I removed our kids screams of delight). A few bats flew around the stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, flow stones and columns (cave formations- speleothem). Bushfires even got into the story due to the smoke colouring some cave features.
My good friend who came along with her hubby and gorgeous kids asked that complex question. “Should I study a PhD whilst raising young children and working?”
Hmmm what answer do I give to that…
But then after some thought- actually a whole night’s sleep of thought my answer was a bit longer.
Of course you should study a PhD. Sometimes it’s a wonderful journey. BUT before you start on the journey I recommend reading some books and thinking really hard about WHY you want to do a PhD. It’s not easy.
The books include
Phillips and Pugh (2010) How to get a PhD: a handbook for students and their supervisors
Evans and Grant (2008) Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life
And the website worth reading
Then after you have read all this, ask your partner if he is also ready for the ride.
Then GO FOR IT jump on that rollercoaster and enjoy the ride!