Dear readers, I currently feel like this:
I shall tell ye why. I have been offered a PhD in social learning and science communication. As those of you who follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook will know, I am quite the fan of both social learning and science communication, so when this position came up I thought… I MUST apply for this. So I did. Then something rather unexpected happened: They offered me it. Naturally, I reacted like this:
However, I have a problem. Perhaps one some of you can help me with, I need some help and advice here folks. The PhD is funded, as in my fees are covered, but does not come with a grant or any sort of funding. I would be offered part-time work as part of the project, but I don’t know if this will be enough to live on. Additionally, because I funded my MSc myself and only just paid that off, I have absolutely no savings whatsoever. I’d have to move down to Newcastle/Durham by January, and right now that is an impossibility. I could work my ass off in my bar job until then, but even then I could realistically only save about £1000 MAX. Which would just about take me out of my overdraft.
Now, I know everyone’s gut reaction is to say “OMG GO FOR IT!” And that it’s fine to be poor when you’re young and all that. But can I survive another 4 years of poverty? It’s quite literally the PhD of my dreams but, perhaps for the first time in my life, I have to be sensible. This is one of the biggest decisions I’ve ever had to make, and I have to make it by Wednesday.
If anyone has any advice, ideas, know of any funding bodies that might help…anything… Please do leave me a comment or email me or tweet me. I literally have no idea what to do.
I am now off to hide, think and rock back and forward for a couple of days.
An artist’s impression of Loris.