I created QuitYourPhD.com with the main goal of helping struggling PhD students decide if they should withdraw from their studies and supporting them through this transition.
Additionally, I want to give prospective PhD students a better idea of what a PhD programme entails.
Sadly, I think universities give an inaccurate portrayal of academic life and many students rush into the decision of pursuing a PhD without all the necessary information.
Personally, there were a lot facts I wasn’t aware of before starting my PhD that would’ve probably caused me to decide against following a doctoral degree.
What Is My Story?
Let me tell you a bit about my journey. Initially, I was very motivated to do my PhD. I had a supportive supervisor and great lab colleagues.
As time passed, lack of progress in my research caused me to feel loneliness, depression, and anxiety.
I started thinking about quitting my PhD, but because I’ve already invested so much time in the programme, I decided to push through, hoping things will get better.
Furthermore, I didn’t want to look like a “failure” to those around me such as my academic colleagues and my family so quitting was out of the question.
As I invested more time in the PhD, the feelings of depression became stronger and stronger, leading me to have suicidal thoughts. These were rare at the beginning, but later started increasing in frequency.
I began researching more about what I was experiencing and it turned out many other PhD students were in similar circumstances like mine.
At first, I thought this was just anecdotal evidence of a malfunctioning academic system, but after further study, I found solid data that there are serious issues in academia that can put you at massive risk in terms of health and wellbeing.
As I was educating myself and getting more perspective, it became increasingly clear to me that I was going down a wrong path.
I was investing huge amounts of time and resources in an activity that was making me feel lonely, depressed, and anxious about the future.
After a long hard stare into the abyss, I decided to quit my PhD.
Looking back at making that choice, the whole process was very complex and stressful. Leaving academia seemed like a decision of a lifetime, and I had to overcome a good number of fears before taking the plunge.
What will my friends say? Will my parents think I’m a “failure”? What’s next for me if I decide to quit?
If you’re in a similar situation, you know exactly what I mean. Intuitively, staying in the PhD and “sticking it out” seems like the best choice.
Well, now that a considerable amount of time has passed since making that choice, I’m happy to report that it all turned out all right.
I have no regrets for deciding to drop out of my PhD programme and I’m positive that path wasn’t right for me.
How Can I Help You?
I envision this website to be a resource not only for “hard data”, such as studies about the current state of affairs in academia, but also for personal accounts of what other PhD students have gone or are going through.
Ultimately, I want to empower you to make the best decision for yourself in terms of choosing to pursue a PhD or not.
My hope is that what I went through can help you have a smoother transition from academia.
As a stepping stone towards this vision, I wrote my ebook called
Quit Your PhD with No Regrets: Why You Shouldn’t Do a PhD.
In this ebook, I describe the main issues in academia and the considerable risks you expose yourself to when deciding to embark on a PhD. I also explain the process I used to leave my PhD and the right mindset to have when dealing with similar stressful situations in the future.
Knowing what I know now, I could’ve saved myself years of trouble, depression, and stress. As that experience was quite difficult for me, I thought it would be beneficial to others if I packaged up the lessons I learned in that period of my life in a small ebook.
Lastly, I hope what I have to share on this website is useful to you and if you have any thoughts for me, please email me at email@example.com.