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Is any of you living far from home, with no realistic possibilities of going back soon? How do you deal with it?

I just talked to my friends who gathered because it's a holiday today in Arg, and I can't help wondering wtf am I doing with my life.

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@cassandreces I talk to my friends back home on signal at least once per week. I am having a hard time in Canada compared to some other places, but then I'm an oddball so finding my place is tough in many places.

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@esty similar here. I try to keep contact with my friends, we chat often but with the time difference talking can be difficult. Also I feel guilty about complaining when they're back home going through an economic crisis.

I'm in Switzerland and really, people are nice but that's all. I can't find my place, I've tried, the language is a big barrier. Also PhD work is not very social. I'll enroll myself into some social activity this winter so I don't die.

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@cassandreces I think for me on top of the culture (I grew up bilingual so I'm privileged that way) it's a class thing. Not so many people doing PhDs in natural science who left home at 15 and didn't get to go back to school until their mid 20s.

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@esty sounds reasonable, my perception is that in natural sciences that difference is even more important than in e.g. my field. But it's only a feeling.

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@cassandreces I would consider envsci a natural rather than a social science or humanities?

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@esty I studied environmental sci but my PhD now is on Science and Technology Studies (STS)... Sociology of tech

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