If you want to pursue a phd, the following characteristics must be in your soul:
- assertiveness in discussion
- analytical thinking about your project, data, etc
- motivation towards your classes and research
- dedication in everything that you do
The gate is wide open here. You have the funding to support you throughout a phd, the awesome advisor to lead you through it and the personal desire to obtain that goal. Bryan, do not let anything stop you from obtaining a phd. It was your plan from the beginning, so you need to keep it up! The Lord is here for you. More specifically, He has sent the Spirit of truth to lead and guide you through it all. Stay with the Lord! Read the Bible to better understand Him. The Spirit of Truth will direct you every step of the way. Keep going, Bryan!