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 nine we have Julie Jacob from the BS Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology. Julie is a mother to three.
What advice would you give to new mothers?
"One step at a time. Take things slow."
What is your favorite part of being a mother? Can you give us a specific example?
"Especially when they are asleep. I realize in the end they are my babies."
How did you manage juggling the various aspects of motherhood while working and pursuing your doctorate?
"It's a constant struggle yet I manage to hold the fort and delegate some of the duties to my hubby and kids. I have a maid who helps me too."
What is the most difficult part of the dissertation process?
"The variable selection and questionnaire preparation."
If you could do something over, what would it be?
"I would have started my PhD earlier, immediately after my Post graduation."
What tips do you have that might make it easier for mothers who are thinking about pursuing their doctorate?
"Get help or rope in your parents or in laws. You will need a lot of help in the initial stages when the kids are small."
What were your biggest struggles and how was Doctoral Mom Incorporated helpful to you?
"Sometimes it gets too tense and hectic at home and I kind of lose my motivation to move forward or work."