Personally, graduate school can be somewhat of a lonely, individual journey. You’re no longer with the friends that you did your undergraduate with. And, in my case, half (or more) of my classmates are working professionals who commute to university for classes. So, aside from our classes, I rarely see them around campus, which makes the whole graduate school journey more lonely.
My first semester of graduate school was a little like hell, mainly because (1) I was on a long-distance relationship with Aiman, (2) I was still adjusting to life in the UK, and (3) I was adjusting to life as a Master’s student.
But thankfully, things got better. I friended some of my classmates on Facebook, and it helps to keep in touch about assignments and all. And it certainly helps to know that other people are feeling the same way I do about assignments and all (i.e. we can all now stress over how much work we have to do, etc together).
I got my ‘community’ of people who support me, which was super helpful. I got my supervisor and tutors who help and guide me. I have my friends (both in Huddersfield and elsewhere) who constantly check in on me to make sure that I’m doing well. And I have my family and Aiman who believes in me and all that I do.
Having a group of people who believe and support you, be it in your academic, personal, or professional life, is definitely a privilege, one that is often taken for granted.
So, why not, if you have the time - think back about who are the people in your community, and if you can, spare some time to thank them for being there in your corner? I’m sure they’d be glad to hear it from you!