How Dr Naledi did it…
Have you been wondering how at age 66, with a busy schedule as a minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, managed to complete a PhD?
Well, in a piece penned for the Mail & Guardian, Pandor shares her experiences. Let’s take a leaf out of her book:
- Read, read, and read!
Begin reading books and articles it will help you with understanding your specific field, gauge your level of interest. This helps with your application and your understanding with the field you are applying for your PhD.
- Choose your research supervisor carefully
It is the first step when you are thinking about enrolling for PhD since they play a crucial role in a student studies. Their opinion matter and they help with your deadlines and guidelines.
- Find your tribe, interact, and socialise
Attend sessions that are presented at university because they offer incredible advice and discussions. Use them to ask for tips, guidelines and reassurance from other students and lectures. Visit library more often.
- Manage your filing
This makes it easy for you to find your articles that you may need for your research without wasting time.
- Let people know your time is limited as a PhD student.
You are not going to be available for all occasions that are happening so it is important that you let people (family, friends, and colleagues) know about your studies.
Although doing PhD requires lots of time, Pandor highlights that it is a journey of self-discovery and it is worth it at the end.
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