Monika, single, English as another language, had worked professionally for many years before doing her PhD in North America. She lived a two-hour commute from the university and continued to work part-time during the degree for financial reasons. She joined the Canadian study in 2006 in her third year of her PhD. She imagined a local research-teaching position given she was caring for her elderly parents, and completed the degree when she was 49.
What struck us about Monika’s story was:
Ongoing stress and parental care.
Issues with supervision feedback and working to deal with financial issues during the degree.
Not having publications so not competitive and teaching part-time the only academic work she could get.