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Table 4 Challenges and achievements during the PhD journey

From: The experience of international nursing students studying for a PhD in the U.K: A qualitative study

Challenges Achievements
• Stress • Increased confidence
• Anxiety • Opened eyes
• Self-doubt • New ways of thinking
• Homesickness • Increased self-esteem
• Suffering • Independence
• Financial difficulties • New friends
• Family pressure • New knowledge and skills
  • Transformation of self