One of my seminar professors once said that doing a Ph.D is socially isolating. To this I respond, “I think not!” Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work on a Ph.D, in an area of research that I’m passionate about, with a supervisor who is compassionate, supportive and an all-around fantastic human being, but the Ph.D is only one component of my life. As this blog will (hopefully!) demonstrate, I’m more than a Ph.D student. I have a life outside of my studies, I have friends and family who I love, and more than my fair share of hobbies that I plan to maintain. In addition to keeping me happy, these hobbies – nay, passions – keep me mentally, physically and emotionally healthy and strong. They’re great opportunities to meet new people, to challenge yourself and grow, and they’re once-in-a-lifetime.
This – and many other reasons – is why I run with the UOttawa Cross Country & Track and Field team. I’m the oldest rookie on the team, but I’m pretty short, so I blend in (that’s me, second from the left in the front row with the pink headband). I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to train and compete as a #geegee and look forward to continuing to do so for the next four years.
On the days when studying feels like it’s never going to end, I always know that there’s a run at the end of the tunnel.