PhD Advice: Shaireen Selamat, PhD in Education
Shaireen Selamat, is a 1st Year PhD Student in Education at the University of Warwick. Shaireen has been a teacher for 15 years, and is from Singapore.Transcript
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Shaireen Selamat, is a 1st Year PhD Student in Education at the University of Warwick. Shaireen has been a teacher for 15 years, and is from Singapore.
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Hi. My names is Shaireen Selamat. I am a doctoral student, taking my first year in a PhD in Education at the Warwick University.
I’ve been a teacher for the last 15 years, so it was a natural progression for me to see how I could give back to the community, and I felt research provided a platform for that, and so I decided to embark on my PhD as a result.
On weekdays, I have now started to discipline myself to come to campus and be at the library in the morning. So I try to do my greatest amount of work between the hours of 7:30am-12:00pm, after which I’ll go back and I’ll do whatever else I need, and then I’ll probably continue for a little bit in the evening, after I’ve done my chores for the day.
So far, having listened to quite a number of PhD stories, I think the most important thing about a PhD is everybody’s journey is different. It’s hard to compare, but by sharing each other’s stories, you are able to learn a little bit more, just to make that journey a little bit more enjoyable.
Well, I come from Singapore, and the research community is quite different, so having been immersed in Warwick at the present moment, it’s a very open, very collaborative approach, which I feel it’s a great approach to have, and I’d like to bring it back to Singapore when I return.
I think when you embark on a PhD, you really don’t know what it is all about, but I realise it really isn’t about locking yourself in the library, but it is about getting out there, networking with people, and today, getting online as well, to widen your field of acquaintances and seek out potential areas for research.
The question I should have told myself or the statement I should have told myself would be – ‘Why didn’t I do it sooner?’
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