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Back to school- The 1 month journey as a doctoral student in the United states!





Back again : But now I am student! Yeah, yeah, I do know we are all students; as learning never stops. Now, I am just Piled Higher and Deeper. Yes, a PhD student! The university I am in to is University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am thankful to God that I got in to this program. I am really lucky to pursue this program in communications, majoring in advertising! Well, it's a field that I was and is always keen on. Thankful that I got in to a university which is really good in this subject/area. It is also great thing that I get to study staying at home especially with a hubby to support!

Well, now this doesn't mean that everything is just happy and nice here. I am really 'Piled Higher and Deeper !'. The first class was a month ago and it was a wednesday. So, I had a philosophy class followed by an advertising class. The philosophy class was totally mind boggling (in literal sense) and didn't have any clue of what was discussed :P. The Advertising class was with one professor with whom I am going to work on some project as a research assistant and teaching assistant. This was an awesome one as it was something I was looking at learning for long. The professor is just awesome. Note- I didn't mean that the other professor is not, its just that this happens to be a class i was looking forward to so seemed to have made me happy!

With every other class and every other week, the assignments and reading materials just piled higher and higher. It was to be deeper but I am not sure how deep i delved in. The interesting thing i felt was the culture shock I had in the class. Having studied all my life in India and even after having changed eight different schools and in different states, I have never had any problem adjusting to such a change. But this one is like a shock! I LOVE the system but HATE a lot of things. Not sure how to word them here, as its a bit complex.

Even though you find polite and friendly people, you still feel singled out. You feel that you are the only one there who is from an alien state. May be, the ones from the science departments would not feel the pinch as they would surely have at least seniors in their departments who share their nationality!

For a person who loves books and reading, the library was heaven. It was love at first sight. Yeah, i wish that there were more books in their collection. :) Well, I also met some wonderful folks and i hope I get to interact with them more often.

But the highlight of this entire one month is that, it is teaching me and testing my ability to hold on and pursue my dream. I am happy as i am learning lot more, thinking (assume, i was doing that earlier too! ) deeply, questioning the why's and how's and trying to work on research that will do some good to the world I am in.

Of course, I do hope one thing from all my heart- that I don't lose the very little hair I am left with by the time I graduate!

Anyways, see ya guys. Have a great week ahead. Hope to write more often !

Love,
Meenu

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