Diary of a PhD Student Week 7 The Bad

Sometimes I am just too exhausted to do it all. Sometimes I feel sick, over tired, burnt out, and there is just no time. No time! More work to do! More! More! More! Everything seems to take forever and the hours are just eaten up, gone!

The other PhD students and Professors at NTNU are extremely helpful but sometimes I do feel overwhelmed by the fact that I am doing my PhD at a Chinese University. While I can write my assignments in English and the course readings are in English, my classes are in Chinese and that can be problematic. It is a tough thing to go through. My professors and classmates are really very supportive but I do sometimes feel inadequate because I don’t speak the language. I also hate the fact that I have no time to study it. Thank fully the University where I work has provided me with a student to assist with translating documents but I still need to study, practice speaking, practice thinking in Chinese…..

Moreover, last week I felt quite angry when I spoke to a friend on the phone and she laughed at me for spending my Sunday at home. First of all Sunday is my only day off so it’s only natural that I would want to take it easy and get some rest. Secondly I have piles and piles of work to do. As it stands Sunday is not enough time to get through it all, so it would be nice if people could be supportive of my decision to continue my education instead of being petty and taking shots over a change of focus or lifestyle.

Tadao Ando’s 4 by 4 house

Whenever I talk to other PhD students at NTNU we all we can mention is our research and workload. Our time to party and have fun will be over New Years and the summer. In the meantime it is time to get some work done and get to business baby!


2 Responses to “Diary of a PhD Student Week 7 The Bad”

  1. 1 Carrie
    October 26, 2007 at 4:16 am

    I know I’ve said this before, but I am simply amazed at everything you are doing right now. I can’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else but home when dealing with the kind of workload you have right now.

    Everytime I think I’m feeling a little burnt out, I think of you, Jo, and everything you’re accomplishing. I remind myself if you can do it without complaint, then I can do. You motivate me without saying a word.

    I’m here for you. Your first priority should be getting the PhD you’ve been dreaming about for ages. 🙂

  2. December 19, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    You know, Jorees, the first book-scan that you put on this post is composed of a collage using the young, teenaged man, and young teenaged woman who are the main characters of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s film Dust in the Wind. A real Taiwan classic. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Too many Taiwanese put down their own countries films. They make the best films in the world.

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