I finally made it.
I am officially a phd student at the university of Aalborg in Denmark. I am very thankful for the tremendous help from my two professors, who helped me a lot to make this possible. Now I have to start to deliver. This is also an area, where I am a little bit worried about:
The time I can spend on the phd is not as high as I was planning. Reasons for this are especially the inconvenient trips to work every day, which left me exhausted after each day and the trips to tourist places in Thailand at the weekends. It sounds nice to study at the beach, but it is actually very unproductive. It is too hot at the beach and in the hotel rooms you normally don’t find the environment like good tables to study efficient. Studying is not only like just reading a book, it is saving quotes, comments, document on the laptop, researching online etc.. To do this is not easy, when you travel. Additionally to this I try to make and edit videos, adding my own music to those and upload them. All this takes time. But I have changed some things to be more productive:
I changed to another apartment nearer to work. For studying it is much better since I have one big room, for which I bought a table and chair etc.. I need less time to work, can wake up later and am back home earlier from work. Since it is more quiet here I also sleep better. The only disadvantage is that I have to get to work by scootertaxi now. This takes around 15 minutes and is not really a safe affair. You might know that scooter driving is not safe in Thailand, because there are some crazy drivers around, especially if they want to get to work fast. That is why I bought a helmet:
Some Thais are still irritated when they see, how I get to work every morning.
But since I have now more time in my new apartment, I hope to be able to study more, post more stuff on my blog and start to make book reviews. Although a phd project besides work is such big task, I am motivated to get started and looking forward to this long process. I have the highest respect for people who have finished a phd besides work (except for fake politicians and beguilers like Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg), and hope that some day I can be proud of have finished it myself.
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