Hello, thank you for this Ask! Please feel free to send me any Ask ^^
Hm well I’d love to share exactly what I did during my research, cus it is my genuine passion. But then anyone could just look up my name and link my tumblr blog to my real identity. I don’t want that XD. My manuscripts are primarily about nutrition and hepatology. The work was preclinical.If you genuinely want to know what the research was about, then send me a message and maybe I’ll tell you more about it XD.
If you’re looking for advice on starting a PhD, I do advice you to visit the PhD subreddit or join their discord server via https://discord.gg/gKPb8qF to get a more insightful answer than what I can tell you. I’m only one person with one story, after all ^^. And maybe my reasons for doing what I did are objectively wrong. When I finished my university studies, I took a 6 month holiday (like August-January). I moved to a different city and then started a PhD. It took me just over 5 years to finish the PhD, of which 6 months were unpaid. When I finished my PhD and my doctoral thesis (a few weeks ago, at the time I’m writing this), I decided to take a few months holiday prior to starting a postdoc (so right now are those few months holiday, at the time of writing). I could have looked for jobs outside of academia, I could have done something wildly different. But some professors see something in me, and suggested that I pursue a scientific career. Whether anything I did was the right thing to do, I can’t say. I don’t think it ultimately matters that much if you are chasing a passion. Like I’m also passionate about photography, and it gives me a lot of joy to capture someone or something perfectly on a photo !