This is my one VERY important suggestion regarding PhD studies:
- Make sure you’re going to study something you REALLY like because you could be doing it for 5+ years!
My approach to my PhD decision was to pick a researcher to work with based on what my interests are. I want to become an expert in dietary fat and it’s relation to body fat loss, muscle accretion, athletic performance, cardiovascular health and longevity. So, I perused the current literature and noted who conducted these such studies and where they were located. Then I scanned each university’s website and noted which one offered a degree in sports nutrition/exercise physiology.
I had it narrowed down to a few (Baylor was one) and I ended up deciding on UConn and Dr. Jeff Volek. So, I did the ‘cool’ thing and flat-out emailed Dr Volek and told him that I wanted to be his new PhD student and that I would be an asset to his research team. (I also sent a few nude photos but that didn’t make ANY difference to his decision…no, not at all. hehe). So, after exchanging a few emails and then me flying myself down to San Fran to meet up with him at the ACSM meeting, it was final.
So now here I am, about to become a UConn student and Eric Cressey’s new roomate. (And yes, Eric, you do RULE!).
Also, just to let everyone know, it’s way easier to make a decision to leave the country you were born in, and leave all your family behind, to pursue a degree, only if you’re REALLY ready to make that move. For me, I have no attatchments and I know I want to do this to make my dreams come true. (plus, I get to live with Eric,… did I mention that already though? )
That is all.