We all need help from time to time.

We might really struggle to understand something other people find straightforward, we might have a stupid question, or we might just want someone to hold our hand and tell us it’s all going to be alright.

It might be something emotional or personal that we need help with or something specific to your study or related to the PhD journey.

The problem is that many of us find it difficult to ask for help. It’s somehow seen as an admission of failure; as if we must always glide through life confidently and competently and any deviation away from that is somehow just, well, wrong.

That’s particularly true in academia, where the environment tends to breed an air of arrogance, where one’s status is measured on the basis of your intellect and, thus, your ability to get things right on your own.

But it’s not. There’s no shame to asking for help. There are only benefits.

The truth is, no matter how competent we appear on the outside we all need help, and we all need to ask for it. It may come from your supervisor, your friend, or a family member. It may come from a stranger or maybe even from me. Send me an email if you like. I read every email I get, and if I can’t help, I’ll point you in the direction of someone or somewhere who can.

Wherever you seek help though, you’ll see the immediate benefits it brings and the peace you can get from sharing what’s on your mind.

Good luck!


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