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Countdown to Mother's Day: Day Four Nur Liyana Sulaiman

In honor of Mother's Day, Doctoral Mom would like to introduce you to the amazing women that make up the Doctoral Mom group. Join us as we listen to their advice and stories. For day four of Countdown to Mother’s Day we have Nur Liyana Sulaiman from the University of Technology in Malaysia. Nur’s area of study is software engineering.


What advice would you give to new mothers? Keep going. How did you manage juggling the different aspects of motherhood while working and pursuing your doctorate? I pushed myself harder.

Walk us through your daily schedule. I spent my time writing early in the morning, every day before my kids woke up. .

Doctoral Program What was the most challenging part about starting your doctorate? Being a first-time mother. How did you choose your advisor and/or committee? We were in the same field. What is/was your dissertation topic? Awareness Assessment Model. What is the most difficult part of the dissertation process? Data collection and discussion. If you could do something over, what would it be? Become more involved in the software engineering industry. What tips do you have that might make it easier for mothers who are thinking about pursuing their doctorate? Once you have started, you must finish it. Career Where are you in your career journey? I am a lecturer. What were your biggest struggles and how was Doctoral Mom Incorporated helpful to you? I struggled to raise my kids and write my thesis at the same time. Is there anything else you want us to know?

Thank you for being inspiring to everyone every day.

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