When we first wrote Ph.D anyone?, we were motivated by the desire to
share our own Ph.D. experiences with you. Our first version, Ph.D anyone?
Was based on essential topics for doctoral students, topics that we
considered as important survival skills needed as a Ph.D student. We
were pleased to hear from our readers how our book had helped them
in their own Ph.D journey and how much it had impacted them. Motivated
by the acceptance of our first book, we decided to embark on this second
book, Successful Ph.D, Anyone? Showcases five completion stories
of our own students; their difficulties, joys and how they succeeded in
their Ph.D journeys. We felt it was essential to have our students share
their experiences to inspire readers so that they know the Ph.D is not an
impossible journey, if we have the right attitude, motivation and strategies.
As you read each chapter, you will probably get a sense of the hard work,
sacrifices and challenges encountered during each student’s journey.
Having said that, each of them graduated and have gone on to become
successful people in their own chosen fields. Our students who have
written their experiences consist of two full-time Ph.D students, a working
adult and two international students. These students were carefully
chosen for their diverse experiences; for we believe no two Ph.D journeys
are ever alike. We started each chapter with the student’s experiences
which is followed by our observations as their supervisors.