My name is Dee and I am a first year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at North Carolina State University. My research interests are Software Engineering and Human Computer Interaction. I have been very interested for a long time in creating a blog about this journey and this marks my first entry. I decided to pursue this venture because I have honestly received a lot of questions about what it is that I do everyday as a Ph.D. and I figure that many other people have a similar question. So of course the only logical answer is to put it on the internet for the whole wide world to see!
My friends often ask me if I’m in a Masters program (primarily because they think that’s the only step after graduating from undergrad). They often look at me confused when I tell them that I’m actually in a Ph.D. program. Once I tell them it’s a computer Science program I get the double confused face. Starting this blog marks the end of the double confused faces. =p
Anyway I have a couple goals for this blog so I figured I’d say them so that no one is confused as to what this platform is supposed to be:
- I want people to know what it’s like for me to get a PhD in Computer Science(especially as a woman of color)
- No one told me what it was like
- I want to encourage someone else to take the same journey to get a PhD
Disclaimer: Sometimes this blog may get raw. At times it may be deep. Other times it may be too real and I may need to drop a swear or two. Beware.
With that being said let the storytelling commence! Yay! =D