I underestimated the mental and emotional stress that comes with running a home, working and studying for a PhD – Dr. Rashidat Akande

I had my first child in the first year of my PhD, at that point I had a very ambitious proposal but lacked enough clarity to work on it. I was really wasting much time despite my supervisor’s warning. I had my second child in the third year of my programme, by then, I had a better clarity and was overhauling my original proposal when I discovered I was pregnant for my third child while my second was barely a year. This was when I slipped into a mild depression – I just wasn’t sure I could carry on anymore with my work, 3 kids and a PhD – I think I became very unproductive for a couple of months and was not showing up for anything.

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