2016 has now come to an end and we are in our 6th day in 2017. I ended the old year in church and started the New Year in the same place attending a cross-over service. I am grateful that I was able to be in a positive place, reflect on my current position and look ahead with confidence and excitement into the New Year. I share this, because this was the moment I decided to start this blog.
This will be a year in which I will evolve into more than what I am, having finished my PhD, well almost. I am still waiting for the university to accept the soft bound copies of my thesis and then there is my graduation, September 2017 to attend. So I am not quite there yet.
I am in a surreal place though, not fully come to terms with my academic achievement. My PhD journey of approximately 8 years part time, a few changes to my supervisors on the way, while working full time in quite demanding roles, raising a male teenager as a single parent, and the pinnacle of having survived my Viva and then my external examiner went missing shortly afterwards. It has been an audacious journey to say the least. But perseverance, determination and a little investigatory techniques has got me to this point.
So I would like to help other women along their Higher Education journey because I know how lonely academia can be, having gone through it. So I have created this space to share my experience, advice, and challenges I have overcome. I would also like to share tips on how to survive Higher Education as a professional, a mother, a partner, and all the roles I had to fulfil during my academic journey. I strongly encourage black women in Higher Education to share their stories and comments, because united and together we can complete our academic journey happily, healthily and successfully.