I've experienced many things that require showing a confidant to achieve your goal. My friends highlight my overwork or call it a hard worker. But with no confident all your effort could be drained.

Thoughts on PBS FRONTLINE: Bitter Rivals two episodes

A well-prepared documentary is covering the dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This conflict, is not a short or straightforward issue between two countries, had started in the 1970s and today we witness The tensions result in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and other middle eastern countries. This documentary of two parts, it is open and free to view.
Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia (Part One)
Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia (Part Two)
I've been watching this documentary to have an understanding of western media for one of the most complicated issues in the current history. The problem is not simple to cover it in 4 hours documentary. But I believe the FRONTLINE team had covered the topic in good depth for someone how had no idea about what happening there. Preparing the documentary for the last two years and conducting a high-level official from the two sides shows a great amount of effort to highlight this issue.

Mid-way through my Ph.D.

I would look back to this post and say to myself you did it. The Ph.D. journey is mentally challenging and financially consuming. The outcome is uncertain in every step and after it. But the thing keeps you moving forward is your crystal clear goal to get the degree for whatever it is. What I'm trying to do here is to share my thoughts. It is like a journal to state my concern and thoughts. To pour my feeling and share it to few anonymous people how to read this post.
Over the last two years, when starting my Ph.D. I was energetic and enthusiastic about the research and continuous study journey. I had a group of supporting friends how left me up when I'm down which I did in return, for sure. I've read and heard a several a former and recent Ph.D. advice about the importance of having friends and family how to support you during this hard time. Even though, the high average IQ of Ph.D. students the importance of emotional support is not something should any Ph.D. student should forget. And thank God I had many good friends how supported me.
I've submitted my Research Interest Statement, and I'm waiting for the questions and the oral exam part. Even though, I'm confident in my abilities to pass this exam. But the unstructured and the difference of this exam, at least in my school, kick on me and makes me feel uncomfortable about this waiting period. I always tell myself that I did a significant amount of work.
Choosing your advisor carefully is the first step for successful and less painful Ph.D. journey. It's true you need an advisor with substantial academic and research work. But, having a supportive and patient advisor is the most valuable treat you should look for. Consider an advisor with strong graduated students and asks these people in their opinion to form a good judgment about it. As a reminder for myself, there is no perfect human. You have to accept their pitfalls and highlight their good treats. Always think positively about the other, and you will get this in return.

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