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The new doctors (the real ones, not the incarnations of Doctor Who!)

November 27 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

2014 will be their year, whatever they choose to do. Many will live in a new country, meet new people, face new difficulties, but also encounter new opportunities.

But we are still in 2013, a few more weeks to go. And a few of PhD students have to defend their thesis. Not everything went as smoothed as planned but soon this will be over.

Someone at my institute is experiencing at the same time three of the most stressful situations in life, moving to a new country, preparing her PhD defence in Germany, where it is actually a real exam, and starting a new job.  And being out of her comfort zone away from your friends and family just exacerbates the strain.

Déjà vu. I am trying to cheer her up as much as those who cheered me up when I was finishing my thesis. And I know her only for two weeks!

One of my (many) wishes for 2014 is to see all the new doctors with a big smile next year! Especially Frau Dokter …!

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