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Better PhD TV Introduction: Graduate School Survival as an International Student


Hello everybody, welcome to Better PhD TV Are you a graduate student from another country? Do you want to do better in your graduate program? Do you want to get a job in a higher education? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this channel is right for you and you should subscribe and watch my upcoming videos. I came to the United States in 2001. For the past 17 years. I got my masters and PhD and accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in a state flagship university and got tenure and was promoted to associate professor and finally was promoted to full professor about a couple of years ago. It might sound like I accomplished these achievements with ease but the real story is complete opposite. Before I came to the United States, I expected graduate school to be tough. But I was away from family as an international student who didn’t speak good English. Graduate school was a lot more challenging tougher and lonelier than I could have ever imagined. For the first two years daily survivor was my goal. But I eventually began to get hands of it and succeed Over the past 17 years, I have learned many lessons from my own struggles and experiences and also from mentoring my own international PhD students and junior faculty members. I create this channel to share my own problems, challenges, experiences, and lessons through the process of getting my masters PhD and getting a faculty position in US higher education, getting tenure and being promoted to associate professor and eventually full professor. I learned some of these lessons in a hard and very expensive way. I hope my upcoming videos can help you avoid the learning curve and Keep you from making the same or similar mistakes I’ve made. I hope the tips I will give you will get you to the destination you want. So I will post a list with one video every week. But if there is any particular topic you want me to talk about, please email me at Better PhD at gmail.com with the subject line topic request. And I also leave my email down below. Thank you so much for watching and hope you see you next time!

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