These past couple of months have been special to say the least. Since I last wrote about the PhD application process many things have happened.
The first thing that happened a few days after I got accepted in the Uni of Birmingham was that I also got accepted into the University of Central Florida. I was going to decline it, but something told me to accept the offer so I did. Fast forward a couple of months, and that is when I decided to surrender my dream of moving to the UK to do my PhD due to financial reasons. To say my finances were a mess is an understatement. So I decided to go ahead with the MA because I could stay at home and not have to need $50000 a year to study and live in the UK (meaning more loans). While I am not against loans (they are actually very helpful), I am already almost at 100,000 is student loans from my masters and bachelors together so I felt the burden.
This past week (second week of March 2019), I was ready to give up everything and just work until I move to Spain for my church’s mission team in a couple of years. So I emailed my supervisor tell her of what was happening and that I would not be doing the PhD. That was the biggest heartbreak I have ever experience, and I have had my heart broken plenty of times. However, I had prayed, fasted, and gotten advise regarding this and this, was the only option viable.
A few minutes after sending that email to my supervisor I felt the need to research online PhD programs, and what happens to pop-up: The University of Birmingham! And I remembered that my program (for which I was accepted to ) had a distance learner mode of study. So, after praying, I email back my supervisor asking her about that distance learning, and I end up telling her I would get advice and pray about the situation and that I would let her know about my decision in a few days.
After praying and asking God for advice and guidance, I contact my mother and my spiritual mentor regarding this, and I get a get go on the PhD from them. So the next day, I email my supervisor letting her know i was going to do the PhD via distance learning, and for her to change my mode status. God really saw my heart and my desires, but he also saw how I was surrendered to just work and continue to evangelize Orlando, and he gave me an option that I had no thought about. Glory to God always!
So that is my update, I will be doing my PhD starting in September 2019 at the University of Birmingham via distance learning from home. I pray everything goes well if its God’s will. My advice to anyone in a situation similar to mine is go to God in prayer and petitions. He knows the desires of your heart, and if it goes along with his plan, he will provide what you need. have faith and continue working hard for your dreams.
All the Love!
Ascenett Stefanie, you freelance unicorn!