Monday, April 22, 2013

Join Me in My Journey to be Doctora

Anyone who has ever been in the process of completing a dissertation knows what a lonely and frustrating process it is. I started this blog to not only share my journey while in the midst of it, but also to create a supportive community of Latinas who are in the same struggle.  

There are other websites that provide support and resources to doctoral students, but I believe Latinas have a unique set of circumstances that cause an extra layer of doubt and what many studies have uncovered as the “imposter syndrome.”  I hope to list those resources and share them anyway because they do have lots of valuable information about the process, the mindset and the tools needed to get through to completion.  Whether we have always been encouraged to pursue advanced degrees…or not, we still might share some common feelings of inadequacy, low expectations from society as a whole and lack of self confidence.  I am finally willing to share some of these publicly – actually, some of the public sharing began thanks to Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, founder of both the website and the Ella Leadership Institute, when I wrote a hopeful reflection piece for the website a few months ago.  Here is the link in case you’re curious:

Every week I will share resources and words of encouragement. I hope to just “be here” for any Latina feeling lonely in the doctoral process. I will also ask for words of comfort and support to help motivate me to do something every day to meet this goal.  I want every Latina to know that she is not SOLA! 

So join me in this journey, whether you are currently working on your dissertation or even considering starting a doctoral program and hopefully while completing this goal myself, we can encourage more and more of us WISE LATINAS to do the same. 

Okay hermanas, let’s do this!!!


  1. Thank you for this Sofia! I will begin my Phd journey in the fall and this gives me lots of words of wisdom! Cindy

    1. I am so excited for you Cindy! I think the key to success is to do as Stephen Covey says in his 7 Principles for Highly Effective People: "Begin with the end in mind." When I started my Ph.D. program I honestly didn't think about the end, so in retrospect, I did not use the time during my program as wisely as I could have. So that would be my first advice for you. :) Good luck! Sofia

  2. There is a need for doctoral candidates with real-world experience and the education to back it up. Businesses of all types need capable and well-educated leaders for top positions within organisations to run them efficiently, drive profits and pursue market opportunities. Science and health industries are also need people with advanced degrees like a PhD.