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Perseverance: persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achi…

Perseverance: persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Today I woke up and was ready to try work on an analysis for a project for my PhD. I had 12 different tasks to do for my analysis using @matlab and Rstudio. I started work at 10am, ate lunch at my desk, and finally stopped at 7pm.

Despite working for 9 hours straight, I didn’t get the analysis done, or even 1 out of the 12 tasks. The work I’m trying to do is so computationally dense that my laptop is not able to take it! Me being me kept trying to anayse data and process it this way and that way, literally feeling like i was wasting so much time. For the work that I want to do there’s no way my laptop could handle it, SO I need to wait until I build my PC. For now I’m going to continue on with writing my manuscript.

I wanted to share a REALISTIC day in the life of a computational PhD student working from home, although we don’t go into a lab and physically perform experiments, we have “experimental” challenges too!

On instagram you see happy coding pictures (like above) but sometimes it’s stressful and frustrating. As a PhD student you need to have perseverance and tell yourself tomorrow will be a better day!



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