I did it, I’ve been accepted to do a PhD!
I remember that icy cold sensation of studying at the undergraduate level. The concerns, the worries, the schedules and the waiting for results.
… and I did two undergraduate degrees!
Then, for some inexplicable reason, I went through the Master’s’ programme. This time involving the rigours of double-length essays, writing a proposal, an ethical application and supervision. Last, but not least, a 15,000 word dissertation.
As if that wasn’t enough …
Now I have been accepted to do a PhD. The application process involved: a 3,000 proposal (although I did 5,500); a CV submission; a Personal Statement and enrolling two referees who can vouch for my work. Now I have another four years of academic work (minimum), involving primary and original research, supervision, essays and the small matter of an 80,000 word thesis. Plus the expectation of publishing journal articles and presenting at conferences.
Why am I doing this? To try to reach the top of an academic ladder in a subject which I find fulfilling and fascinating. The subject of Criminology has been glowing within me for years, but now the University of Leicester has lit my fire to continue as far as I can in this area and to have my interest recognised. Would I have contemplated this action years ago? Never, never, never! It is the UoL which has given me the confidence and ability to move forward.
… Or, there again, perhaps I’m just crazy!