PhD Student to Doctor of Philosophy - Ahmad Mufti
Before starting my PhD I questioned myself whether I should do it. I had the idea that it was going to be a hard and a long journey that is full of challenges, and given that I was an international student, it was an even harder decision to make. However, thanks to encouragement and support from all my family members I decided to face these challenges.
After I started my PhD and started facing these challenges one after the other, at one point it seemed that there would be no end to them and quitting was the simplest solution. Thanks to support from my supervisors, other members of the Haemostasis group and members of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease (staff and students) I managed to overcome these difficulties and challenges.
Now, after 4 years of hard work, I can easily say that the outcome of my PhD outweighs all the hard times. I discovered that although I was very stressed at several points throughout my PhD, I cannot deny the enjoyable times I have been through. The feeling when you are told that you will be awarded a PhD degree is enough to forget all the difficulties, as if there never were any, and you will start remembering all the enjoyable times.
I gained so much from my PhD, not just subject specific knowledge. I learned not to give up; things can seem hopeless at times, but with hard work, you will get there eventually. I also learned that there is no limit to knowledge; the more you learn, the more you will feel you need to learn. Finally, friends were a very important part of my PhD as they helped me feel at home and welcome, which helped me to overcome the stressful times.