C and I are no strangers to a long-distance relationship and we've found a few ways to make long-distance work while I'm in Perth and he is in Sydney.
We met in Sydney a few years ago when I was living there inbetween degrees (fun fact: I tried to get a PhD position in that city to no avail... the Universe works in mysterious ways). After moving across the country to start my degree, I moved back to Sydney during the pandemic to have a support system to rely on in case I got sick. We were lucky that during that time we got to live together but damn does the time now apart suck even more because I know how awesome it is to share a home with him.
So, do long distance relationships work? They do! But, it's really hard and first and foremost you will need to accept that it will not be easy. So here are ten tips that have helped us to make the distance seem not as trying...
I'm halfway-ish into my PhD degree and it constantly dawns on me that it is an honor, privilege, and immense achievement to be a Latina doctoral candidate (especially since there are such low numbers of Hispanic/Latinss with doctoral degrees). But, to be honest, it has been very H A R D - I went through a harrowing divorce, I was in a new city, I'm away from all my family and felt homesick, and we had a pandemic.
While they can be extremely rewarding (see my post about good reasons to do a PhD), there are some really bad reasons to pursue a PhD. Here are some of the worst...
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