About Me

Oh hey, welcome to my page! I’m Zuni, a passionate doctoral student who enjoys all things food, beauty, and adventure related. I founded The PhDream to educate others about this career path, stimulate meaningful dialogue around important social issues that are often neglected in our communities, such as mental health and sexual violence, and also document this (long but worthy) journey to my PhD.

Grad school is hard. I constantly feel tested not just on content and skills, but time, patience, and maintaining balance in my life. Recently, I’ve been searching for ways to cope with the stresses and have decided to try expressive writing. Research has found that simply writing about yourself, anything (good or bad) can be therapeutic. Plus, the academic in me hopes that writing a little everyday will help me improve my writing hehe (God I can only hope). Originally, I was going to blog to document memories and daily musings, but I started thinking that my writing can serve a greater purpose. Maybe someone will find it useful…

For example, if you really liked those s’mores brownies I made that one time or you never got to try some (sorry my b), the least I can do is post my recipe! Or maybe you always wanted to get laser hair removal and are skeptical (like omg how do I get rid of this hair #browngirlprobs); I can give you a personal review! Or, you’re a hopeless romantic and would like to know about how I met my other half ❤ [he aight].

OR MAYBE you are curious about pursuing a PhD and would like to know about the journey. Personally, I don’t have many (or any?) strong South Asian and/or Muslim female mentors that have completed a PhD in social psychology. I’m hoping this blog will connect with others in similar programs or career paths; or maybe I can be that person for someone figuring out their life! I’d love to pass on my stories and experiences (how I got here, what it’s really like, what I even do, etc.)

Furthermore, I’d like to raise awareness on mental health and sexual violence within both the South Asian and Muslim communities (my main research interests). Recently, I first authored a chapter on psychological models in South Asian Americans for a handbook on South Asian American health and am currently in the process of proposing a study on studying sexual violence and victim/ perpetrator blame among South Asian Americans. There is so much yet to be learned and I want encourage our community to engage in these much needed conversations.

If ThePhDream helps to inspire, challenge, encourage, or support even one person, it will be worth it.

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Hi, I'm the founder of The PhDream. I'm a second year doctoral student who wasn't satisfied with just sitting behind a desk and writing papers. While my research may have an indirect impact, I wanted to engage more directly with the community and provide a platform to discuss neglected and sensitive issues. Along with that, I try to stay sane in my program by stress baking, glamming up even when I'm down, and sharing my dad-joke captions on the gram -- if only that creativity could translate into my research... Anyways, I'm always looking for contributors, collaborations, and people to eat my zelicious creations, so don't hesitate to reach out or follow me @ZuniJilani :)

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