Having the PhD Cake and Eating the Friendsloversandeverythingelse Cake
August 29, 2013 6:58 AM Subscribe
What do people do when they have to move for their PhD but don't want to leave their old life behind?
posted by fishingforthewhale to education (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I realise that no-one can tell me what I should do - I suppose I'm more looking for interesting and imaginative ideas and experiences than solid advice here.
I moved back to London after a few years in various places I'd rather not have been. Life is finally, generally speaking, NICE. Now a possibility has arisen to do a PhD in the far southwestern tip of the UK. Lovely place (I've spent time living there in the past) and an interesting-looking area to study, which could lead onto some varied, possibly international work afterwards in a number of fields (though nothing's guaranteed of course).
Seems like a good path to follow, but things are NICE here damn it! For the last year they've slowly been coming together and I'm loathe to jack it all in and live hundreds of miles away - away from my friends and the hustle and bustle (and with fewer chances to make new lady friends, which is important of course).
I want to have my cake and eat it too. Plus the option of doing the degree without moving down is, well, not an option (I've asked).
So people: does anyone have any imaginative, visionary, exciting alternative ideas for living arrangement and/or lifestyles that will effectively allow me to study in Cornwall whilst simultaneously continuing to live a wonderful sociable friend-filled life in London?