Need tips for succeeding in your nursing PhD program? Here’s some advice from a successful graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, Junxin Li, PhD '14, RN, now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
If you are an international student, you may face some additional challenges. For example, if English is not your first language you may have to work at mastering verbal and writing skills in order to complete coursework and write your dissertation. Other challenges may arise such as cultural differences in classroom dynamics and social issues. Students should be aware of resources available within the university to assist with these issues.
Careful planning and focusing on goals, along with building a supportive network are the keys to success. Remember to reward yourself along the way by having a life outside of your PhD studies and giving yourself permission to live it!
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