Ph.D. Programs

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Ph.D. Programs

JG24FanUK JG24FanUK
Hi everyone,

I'm currently finishing my 2nd year of a chemistry Ph.D. program and have had a girlfriend through this whole experience. The nice thing about it is that she is also a chemistry Ph.D. student and works in a different lab than I do. However, Ph.D. programs are very tasking and challenging, leaving us with little time to truly hang out with each other.


I am wondering if any of you are currently in a Ph.D. program with a significant other and how you make it work. If did is not working or didn't work, do you know the reasons?
04/27/2012
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Hallmar82 Hallmar82
Yes, I went through a biology PhD program. It was very tasking, I was shooting for finishing in 4 years...ended up finishing in 5 and a half years. My wife was working 3rd shift during that time. So, she was usually asleep when I was at work. We only had maybe an hour together in the morning and 3-4 hours together in the evening until I finished defending my dissertation. Being together was really a help at times and worked against us at times. She wanted to spend more time together but I couldn't. I'm sure that will be the same between the two of you as well. Try to set aside time in between experiments to be together - even if you're just reading papers together. Be open and honest about what time you do or do not have in the week and plan ahead. Good luck!
04/27/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
I've gone through it for a few years, and it was a challenge to find time. We ended up doing mundane things together a lot, like eating or grocery shopping. That said, her support meant a lot and kept me going, so it was worth it.
05/02/2012
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