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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A Major Decision to Make: Durham? or St. Andrews?

I am writing to ask for the prayers of all my readers. I have a very big decision to make very soon. My PhD supervisor, Professor David Brown, is leaving the University of Durham and is going to St. Andrews University in Scotland. I am at the end of my research and writing and obviously I need to make an important decision.

I have paid the full tuition at Durham already and do not owe any more money. I will have to pay a small continuation fee at Durham if I remain. If I do remain, I will have to get a new supervisor to finish off my research and writing. St. Andrews would accept me as a continuing student and I could remain with David Brown and get my research PhD from St. Andrews if I leave with him. I am disappointed of course but this is life! I am not sure what I am going to do at this stage as I am waiting to see what Durham is going to offer me. i have to make a decision within the next week or so. I would appreciate your prayers and any academic advice you could offer. Thanks!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Death Bredon said...

Too have problems like that! (Green with Envy!)

7:58 pm  
Blogger Jeff Meyers said...

If you stay at Durham, whatever new supervisor you get may make you jump through a whole new set of hoops. You know the horror stories. If you move with your current supervisor, at least you know you have a sympathetic advisor and you know what he expects.

The Lord be with you!

4:12 pm  
Blogger Nicholodeon said...

Dear Father:

Not sure what to suggest.

However, a similar situation arose with my PhD dissertation...we have got permission to do it via internet or on a 'distance' ed sort of thing...for me the money and fees were the big deal...I think that is because even the most backward institutions recognize the horrendous land distances we face here in Canada.

Also I enjoy you earlier posting with our Russ Orth icon of the 'Strastnaya' or BVM of the Passion.

4:45 pm  
Blogger Fr. Jeffrey said...

Thanks for both of the comments! I have made a decision and I will post on it in just a bit.

5:09 pm  

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