“I had these depressive moods when I was a teenager. It was relationship related, studies related, it was future related, it was all together.
"I don’t think I have good mental health. I have mood swings. Sometimes I feel I am going through some sort of mental disorder, like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Other times I feel that I am good and that I am doing good in this life. University has definitely made the mood swings worst. There is so much pressure on international students, especially if your family is not supporting you financially. I even discussed these things with my mum once, I told her I’d like to get help from a psychologist, and she said “no, this stuff is for mental people”.
"Doing research definitely involves a lot of ups and downs, because sometimes things work and you’re quite happy, you get results for what you did. Other times, things don’t work for quite a long time and you get kind of depressed, but I like what I do, I like to learn new things, I am curious, and the thing I am researching is what I am interested in. I think there’s no bigger motivation than being interested in something."