Posts Tagged ‘PhD’

Smart Muslim Chicks Who Inexplicably Scare Off Guys

// June 16th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

After discovering an article titled “A Few Good Men: American Muslim women bemoan lack of 'good' male suitors“, I was oh-so-kindly “volunteered” by my fellow MM staff members to write a blog post in response. I wonder why? Could it be because:

1) I am a Muslim woman.
2) I am between the ages of 25-30 years.
3) māshā’Allāh, I am educated to the postgrad level (otherwise known as “overeducated” by my dear mum).
4) Oh yeah… I am single, and desperately looking for a decent guy to wed!

Okay, so scratch the “desperately”.

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I’m Bursting With Luuuurve

// June 13th, 2008 // 16 Comments » // Blog

Happiness by Hawaiian Sea

Could it be because I had a caramel frappé latté from Café Nero?
Perhaps – coffee always puts me in a loved up mood. Seriously, it's like my own halal version of ecstasy. New personal motto: DON'T DO DRUGS – do caffeine instead. ;)



// March 20th, 2008 // 5 Comments » // Blog

I started writing this in response to a question that I was asked on another thread. I thought it might be useful to other peeps looking to do a PhD, so I'm posting it as an entry (plus it was breaking the record for “longest comment ever”).

Q. As someone who is inshā’Allāh going to start PhD studies soon in chemistry, can you offer a few words of advice on what I should expect? Also, can you offer some advice on how to maintain and enrich an islamic identity through the process?

A. Jazakallah Qas, for your questions; I am honoured that you asked me for advice. I pray that I can be of service.

What to expect? Well, forgive me for my brutal honesty, but I think you deserve to know the truth…


The Doctor’s in the Hizaus!

// March 11th, 2008 // 25 Comments » // Blog

For those who have not yet been informed by phone, e-mail or Facebook status message… I passed my PhD viva today, alhamdulillah! :D

This is how I feel:

(that, and extremely tired in a craving-the-sofa-with-some-good-chocolate-and-no-brain-TV-to-numb-my-mind, kinda way!)


// October 15th, 2007 // 11 Comments » // Blog

Right at this moment, as i type these words, i feel like i am going to explode with anticipation. It could be the effect of have two coffees in one day (i rarely have coffee, though i love it – i'm quite sensitive to it), but most likely, it is because i am at one of the most exciting, and hence, daunting, points in my entire life. I really cannot begin to explain how many things are about to change, potentially all at the same time within the next few months. I often have to make myself forget this fact, because when i remember – like just now – i become overwhelmed, and i have no idea what to do, other than whisper: Allāh, help!


Feeling Jobless

// October 4th, 2007 // 10 Comments » // Blog

I don't know what to do with myself.

Had all these plans last week, of what i would do after submission.

They kept me going through the stress of a fast-approaching deadline.

Deadline gone.

Work handed in.

Me sat in front of computer.

Sniffling. Sneezing. Coughing.

(I have a cold)

What to do now?

No energy… no motivation… want to go out… but to do what, exactly?

Ramadan nearly over.

I don't even feel like it has truly begun.

I think i have PTSD: post-thesis stress disorder.

Four Years

// October 3rd, 2007 // 15 Comments » // Blog

Ever wondered what four years looks like?

PhD thesis

Now you know.

Jazakallah to all those who made dua for me. Now i ask you keep me there until my viva (not sure when it is though!). {grin}

Confession: Real Science Scares Me

// September 8th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Alhamdulillah, i have just finished writing my Results chapters. Together with my Materials & Methods chapter, i have 99% completed all the parts of the thesis that directly pertain to my work. Now i am left with the difficult (and hence BORING) task of explaining what everyone has been up to in this “exciting” field of Biology – i.e., i have to write my Intro. Once that's done, i then have to try and figure out how my data fits in with the existing world view, that is, my [likely to be very short] Discussion chapter. Then some blah blah blahing about what i would have done if i had more time (correction: if the people who promised me stuff, had actually delivered on their promises… grr).

The introduction is a little scary, because now i actually have to sound like i know stuff; that i have indeed been keeping an eye on the latest developments *cough* and that i have a deep understanding of my field…. ermmm, yeah. I think i may have to take acting lessons before my viva.

What's really scary is the serious nature of it all. I mean, i can blag on about my experiments just fine – but talking about other people's work is a daunting task, especially when you consider that the guys reading my thesis are professors – flipping experts! How do i fool them into thinking that i actually know what i've been doing for the past four years? That it hasn't all just been a blur, and that i do deserve those two little letters in front of my name THAT NO-ONE ELSE CARES ABOUT?


Was i ever cut out for real Science?