You arrive at lecture and sit perched on the edge of your seat, notebook open to a clean page and freshly-sharpened pencil in hand. You follow every word the professor says. Well, maybe you zone out a few times in the middle, but who doesn't? Besides, you're copying everything down and can review it later.
That weekend, you diligently read the textbook.... (more)
Some things I wish someone had told me before I started grad school:
- Understand that, after the first year or so, the PhD is mainly about doing research. So make sure that you're committed to research (as opposed to other things such as teaching).
- Understand that research is very difficult. 99% of your ideas will be wrong. Be prepared to constantly feel s...
I hear this bandied about a lot, but I don't think 'passion' is a good indicator of whether you should do a PhD. 'Passion' is an incredibly nebulous, ephemeral, and subjective concept, and is indicative of nothing.
You are 'passionate' about something only because you have been lucky enough in your life thus far to taste early success in that area, so ... (more)