It has been a month since I finished my trip, and it is time to analyze the trip after some time.
From a personal, espiritual, and emotional viewpoint the trip gave me much needed time and perspective. It allowed me to ponder my present, my past and my future, my life. A month later I feel comfortable with my PhD route, in fact I am very excited about this project, nay, I am thrilled. I loved all the universities I visited and would be happy at any one that would have me.
The trip also introduced me to parts of this country that I did not know and allowed me to revisit areas that I already knew and loved. I loved discovering towns, regions and states that I did not know. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.
But maybe the most important part of the trip happened inside me, it tested my commitment to a new life, to my PhD ambitions. It is not too late, it is never too late to pursue one’s dreams. I will find the right school for me, and the right school will find me.