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Life Philosophized by Anna Shevchenko

My name is Anna. I started Life Philosophized to reflect on and share my experiences in life. I love exploring nature, running, rock climbing, and good thoughts and conversations. I travel quite a bit and I hope to keep that up in the future. I’ve spent four years of my life pursuing philosophy: I have a Master’s degree and I finished my first year of a PhD program.

After completing the first year of my PhD, I decided that I needed to stop. I asked my department for academic leave, left the States where I had been studying to go back to Toronto, and then moved across the country to Vancouver. I spent a year in Vancouver, living with my partner, working in higher education, and exploring the outdoors as much as possible.

On this blog, I wrote a bit about quitting a PhD and transitioning into a job after leaving academia. This post–Things I Learned After Quitting My PhD–got the most hits. You can find all of my articles on the topic under the category Life After Grad School.

In the fall of 2016, we moved to Toronto. Here I continue to work in higher education by day and write on this blog as well as work on several other passion projects by night.

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  • J Verma

    Hi, I am pursing PhD but now I feel that I have lost the interest in research. Now I am in dilemma whether to continue phd or start a new business.

    • Anna

      Hi J Verma, thank you for your note. This is a very difficult decision to make and it depends on many variables like how many more years of PhD do you have left? If you change your research area, could you regain some excitement about your PhD? Are there any other variable that could be modified that would make your PhD more enjoyable? Also, before you decide to quit completely, consider distancing yourself from the PhD either over a scheduled break or by asking for a leave of absence for a term or two. This could even give you some time to give your own business idea a go and will also allow you to gain some new perspective on academia and your place in it. I hope this helps. You can also find this article helpful: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/ok-quit-phd/

    • Hi J Verma, thank you for your note. This is a very difficult decision to make and it depends on many variables like how many more years of PhD do you have left? If you change your research area, could you regain some excitement about your PhD? Are there any other variable that could be modified that would make your PhD more enjoyable? Also, before you decide to quit completely, consider distancing yourself from the PhD either over a scheduled break or by asking for a leave of absence for a term or two. This could even give you some time to give your own business idea a go and will also allow you to gain some new perspective on academia and your place in it. I hope this helps. You can also find this article helpful: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/ok-quit-phd/

  • Hi J Verma, before you decide to quit, try to find a way to make your PhD work for you. For instance, if you cannot switch supervisors, try finding another mentor who is comfortable with your research area to be on your PhD committee either officially or even unofficially. Just having someone around who shares your interests and is familiar with the difficulties you’re facing, can make a lot of difference. If you’re considering working with a coach, this list of available coaches is a good place to start: http://fromphdtolife.com/resources/#services

  • John Dominic

    Life will be amazing after quitting Ph.D. I don’t know about others. Coming to Industrial point of view. Nobody cares why you quit PhD, it’s your choice. You can always become what you wanted in life. life is amazing with or without PhD.

    • I think that it is true that life can be amazing with or without a PhD 🙂

      • John Dominic

        Yes, it is Anna. I am enjoying sunshine at beach writing my name on the shore and enjoying the sight of waves touching my name. Now, I am living a life enjoying all the elements of nature.