At the start of my PhD journey, I encountered Michel De Certeau’s seminal piece called Walking In The City that very much spurred me into the direction my research went in. I even adopted walking as one of my main methods during my year-long fieldwork in Kuala Lumpur City. What I neglected to share in my PhD Thesis which I’ve submitted for examination more than 2 months ago is perhaps something I’ve taken for granted at the time of doing my PhD. Only now, in this post-thesis-writing calm and after ample time and space from my PhD, do I get to linger on my experiences before and after the fieldwork.
My PhD journey was not as smooth as I hoped it could be.
Before I started PhD, I had many people telling me that I’m sure to have it easy because I’m single and I don’t have to juggle my responsibilities between doing a doctorate and being part of a family. I agreed with this statement and I recognise the immense stress and responsibility that my friends who are on their journey with families have to deal with on a daily basis. Therefore, I didn’t like to feel that what struggles I went through were big enough a problem to be concerned about.
This is not a healthy view to have when doing PhD.