Doing a Master’s With Depression (part 1)

It’s a tough spot I’ve found myself in.

Those of you who know me know that I have had my struggles with anxiety and depression for a number of years. It’s no secret, I like to be very open about my journey. You may also know that I am doing a master’s degree.

I’m pretty sure everyone will agree with me when I say having depression is not an easy thing to go through and the same applies to doing a master’s degree. Life right now is tough.

So you might think to yourself, “Poor Shauna, she’s having a horrible time”, and to that I say; WRONG! Even though things are hard at the moment I am still enjoying doing my master’s degree, I’m still very passionate about my thesis and I am thoroughly enjoying seeing myself grow not only professionally but also personally, although the same cannot be said for the whole depression thing.

I’m sure when people think of depression they think of anxiety and lack of passion for anything in life except for being sad. And while that’s true to a certain extent, I am still very happy about many things in my life. I still experience joy, I still enjoy my job on the social media team, I still enjoy meeting friends and making new memories and I still enjoy sitting up until stupid o’clock at night wrecking my brain trying to finish my thesis proposal.

Now don’t get me wrong there are times when I’d love to pack it all in and move to a tropical country and live on the beach selling coconuts and mangos, but there is something inside me, a fire inside my belly, something that keeps me going, something that drives me forward. That something is passion, it’s a love of all things dairy, it’s a desire to make a real change. That’s what keeps me going.

So what I’m trying to say is, depression is something many people have had experience with, depression is not an easy thing to go through but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be successful, it doesn’t mean you have to stop your entire life and become devoted to being sad. All you need to do is find something that drives you to continue.

Life isn’t just a straight line, it has it’s ups and downs. you just need to find something that makes it worth continuing, something you’re passionate about.

Keep going, you got this!

Love Shauna xoxo

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Published by Shauna Convery

26 year old child and master's student just trying to make sense of it all while sharing my thoughts in the form of blog

2 thoughts on “Doing a Master’s With Depression (part 1)

  1. Shauna, I love your resilience and the conscious choice you have made NOT to give up. Iā€™m proud of you and inspire me to encourage other students to follow your example. You will surely reap the fruits of your hard work. Keep going and even during the research phase do not give up. There is a very bright future at the end of the tunnel. We will need sunglasses to see you shining in it.

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