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The PhD Application Process: The Waiting Game

Waiting is difficult. I never thought that waiting one month would seem like a year wait. This always happens to me. I tend to have little to no patience, something that I am working on daily. And having to wait for a month to know if I would be moving back to the UK has been exhausting. 

I have many plans, and I have been praying to know which one is the right course to which God wants me in. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. And after a month of waiting for my letters of recommendation, my results were in.


God answered my prayer of a clear path to where he wanted me. I had to paths that I wanted to follow and I could not make up my mind. Now, it is clear. I will be moving to the UK in the Fall of next year. 

Now, I get to prepare and figure out what I am going to do for the next 10 months. So far, the plan is to save money for my visa and health surcharge, figure out a job for the summer after I am done with the teaching year, and to put my heart 100% to evangelizing Orlando for the next 10 months. Staying close to the Lord is going to be what keeps me sane for the next few years. 

So, I got an offer, and all I have to do now is apply to scholarships, and see how I am going to get 30,000 a year to study and live in the UK for 3 years. At least it is only 3 years as compared to in the USA where its 5-7 years. 

Well, I am off to wait 10 months until September 2019! Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays!!

Ascenett Stefanie, your freelance unicorn!

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The PhD A​pplication Process: The Research Proposal

Hey y’all!

As I promised before, am will be weekly updating y’all on the application process for a PhD in the UK. So far, I have placed my application and gotten a response back from the University. I will let y’all know later if I got in or not, as this post will be all about the research proposal.

To me, the research proposal was second most stressful part of the PhD application process. The first being the waiting game after the application is submitted as I have almost no patience.  Starting out with an outline, and finishing up 5 months later with 14 pages including my bibliography show how much I wanted my proposal to be perfect. I wanted the quality of my proposal to impact whoever was reading it. I wrote the first rough draft within a few weeks. It was far from perfect I have several people look over it to make sure it was good in the sense of context and information. My grammar is where my issues lie. I was born in Puerto Rico and English is technically not my first language, Spanish is. While I have been speaking, reading and understanding English since I was 14, I still struggle with some grammatical things. I tend to go on and on about things, and that leads to run-on sentences or clauses being defied. That is why it took so long for my proposal to get do, but it does not have to be an issue you struggle with. Always re-read your work out loud to hear if it makes sense when you speak it. There is a big difference between reading it in your mind and out loud.

Once you have a rough draft done, get people to read it for you and give your constructive criticism. I asked one of my former professors to read over my proposal, as well as the prospective supervisor that I wanted to work with. Both of them helped me get to a point where my proposal was ready to submit. Submitting my proposal was one of the most nerve-raking things I have ever experience. Not even when I submitted my Master’s research proposal was I this nervous.  But then I realized that this proposal was the one that was going to change my life and it was going to allow me to fulfill my dream of becoming an academic doctor. That is why this proposal took so long: my future depended on it.

Now 4 months after everything I got a response to my application, I can finally breath or cry. One of the other,  my life path has forever changed.

On my next post, you will get to know if I got in or not, and the emotional roller coaster that the PhD application process is.

Till next time! All the love!

Ascenett Stefanie, your freelance unicorn!