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Taylor Darwin (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University. She is a mathematics instructor at a North Central Texas College, which serves various rural communities. Darwin’s dissertation research is focused on underserved rural STEM teachers’ curriculum development, implementation in the classroom, and impact on teachers’ self-efficacy.

Applying for a PhD: My Struggles and Triumphs

This article explores the challenges, doubts and pressures faced during the pursuit of a PhD. It takes a close look at how PhD candidates are chosen, highlighting the need for looking into the scientific character of the candidate and their way of thinking rather than just focusing on academic achievements alone. The narrative also highlights coping strategies, advocating for resilience and self-reflection. Ultimately, it offers motivation to others, encouraging them to persevere in their pursuit of knowledge and passion in the face of adversity.

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