International Doctoral Student Experience
Compassion, Connection, Commitment, and Creativity
Keywords:International doctoral students, rhythm of doctoral studies, 4Cs, Learner Agency
International doctoral students live with more uncertainty than most academic populations. In this essay, I attempt to provide a framework for living an international doctoral life by reflecting on my academic studies and personal living practices, drawing on van Lier’s (2008) notion of learner agency. Living a rhythm of life through compassion, connection, commitment, and creativity could holistically benefit the academic studies and wellbeing of international doctoral students.
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