In the previous article, I mentioned the shared uniqueness among all doctoral students. I find it quite fascinating to grasp the concept of uniqueness of a doctoral student. At the risk of brushing the fringes of philosophy, I would like to share with you the thought. According to Population Reference Bureau by the year 2011, about 107.6 billion people had been born in our world. If we subtract from this number the current (2017) world population (i.e., about 7.6 billion), we can say that according to this estimate at least 100 billion people have completed their life cycle on this planet since the beginning of human history. I find it acutely amazing that our perception deems so unique the experience of life that has been already lived by a 100 billion people. The claim made by our perception manifests itself when my teenage kids complain that I can never understand their life; likewise, when the doctoral students protest that mentors fail to understand their viewpoint.
Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open. James Broughton
Hope this thought may help some of the readers tap into their unique strength, and make the best out of their social, emotional, and financial investments made into their doctoral journey.