What are you fighting for?
Underpinning every PhD (and PhD student) is a personal struggle. Something worth fighting for.
On the dark days where nothing seems to be going right or you can’t escape the PhD-blues, it is helpful to remind yourself what this fight is, and of why you’re here and why you decided to start your PhD in the first place.
You see, you may not like to admit it, but every PhD student is fighting for something, whether that’s to prove something to yourself, to placate the perfectionist in you, to make your parents proud or to show everyone who ever told you that you can’t (that last one was my fight).
Whatever it is, reflecting back on this bigger cause can give you the little boost you need when you’re about to jack it all in.
It can show you that the PhD is worth fighting for, no matter how tough things get.