Finally I Have My PhD.
I completed my PhD in Environmental Engineering this week and I am now Dr Brijesh Nair. Almost six years, lots of ups and downs and finally I am happy that I could make it. I remember the day I landed in the US, the hardships in the first few semesters, as if it happened yesterday and I am glad that all my hard work paid off. Now I will have a lot of time for my family and for persuading my hobbies.
I know the credit for my PhD doesn’t belong to me alone. Yes, I have done a lot of hard work in the form of hours and hours of endless research and sleepless nights to prepare for exams and finishing assignments. But I owe my PhD to so many other people also. I don’t want this post to look like an acknowledgement page of my dissertation. But from the teacher who taught me Malayalam alphabets to my parents who taught me the values and principles of life, to my loving wife who had put up with me during all these days when I spend most of the time in lab than in the house and to all my friends – many have helped me. Big thanks to all.
One of my happiest moments came when I called my alma mater after I passed my PhD dissertation defense. One of the teachers told me “Brijesh, if you come back as a professor in some college in India I will do PhD under you”. I was so happy that one of my teachers in my undergraduate school told me like that.
Many people keep asking me what my plans are now after getting PhD. I have a very good job and I am happy with it. But is this my dream job? Answer is NO. I would like to work for the United Nations as an Environmental Engineer and work for a few years in the remote places of Africa and help those people to get one of the basic necessities of life – pure drinking water. These are the kind of jobs that will stimulate me and I am hoping to get that kind of a job in the near future.
My close friends know that politics is a passion for me. I read and think a lot about various political events and I dream of becoming a politician in the later part of my life – Yes a full time politician in India. That is my ultimate goal in life – become a successful politician in India. I know, with no Godfather or right political connections the road ahead is tough. But I know one thing for sure. If I have the same determination, if I do the same kind of hard work and if I work with same sincerity that I showed during my PhD, I am sure I can excel in Indian politics and fulfill my ambition.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL
Labels: Environmental Engineer, Indian Politics, PhD, United Nations