The Doctoral Journey

My journey to becoming Dr. Wu actually began 7 years ago. I had been married for 9 years, with the same man for 16 years. I was working as an ESL instructor and did some side tour directing and meet and greets at the airport. What I thought was a good life at the time in the suburb of Northern Virginia was masked. He was a very selfish man, thinking of his happiness before mine. Although I though I was happy, I was not and was searching for something greater. In 2012 we separated and was divorced by December.

I ended up moving back to Roanoke, VA to get back on my feet, working mostly ESL and administrative jobs. Little did I know, my dad had Lyme disease and needed more care than my mom could do alone. I became a full-time caretaker, while I worked on a second masters in Teaching English to Other Languages from Regent University. Unfortunately, by the time I was done, I realized that there were no full-time positions for adult teaching. I was really interested in distance education. I had considered Regent but was having problems with the GRE but now looking back I realize it was not the right program for me.

My mom is a Rolfer. She received a client who had just begun an EDD program in Curriculum and Teaching at Nova Southeastern University. At that time, I hadn't even heard of it. They also had an instructional technology and distance education program. I talked to the director of the program and a few graduates and knew that this was the program for me. So, for the past 4 years, I worked on coursework and my dissertation: Utilization Efficacy Perceptions of Telepractice for Speech-Language Pathologists and University Faculty and Administrators: A Qualitative Delphi Study. On August 31st I was conferred.

I felt prepared for the doctoral program. However, little did I know how difficult it would be postdoc. This blog is about my journey postdoc, both personally and professionally.

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