A question for the ongoing and already PhDs.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:06 AM
Did your ideas/perceptions of doing a PhD change along the journey?
From hindsight, how do you see it (can either be an unfolding thing or past experience)?
Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:33 AM
These are all dreadfully serious thoughts for a Thursday!
My PhD feels along way behind me, but I wanted to do a PhD because the undergraduate alone wasn't enough for me- I wanted to know and understand more.
Doing the PhD was like a voyage into the unknown, complete with calm still waters where not much happens (But you want it too) and giant rough storms where everything can go wrong.
I'm not sure how to answer your last question- it helped me to get where I am now in my life and career
Posted 21 June 2012 - 11:13 AM
What perceptions changed? I realised that a better and more focused project and research plan can save years and even stupid scatterbrains can get a PhD much faster...
And I'm just lucky that this unpleasant time is over...never again...
Edited by hobglobin, 21 June 2012 - 12:23 PM.
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that did belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 12:21 PM
Posted 22 June 2012 - 06:21 AM
My changed perceptions... it was the exact same project I was working on before, but as a student, I was paid less and expected to do more. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and when it worked that was great, and when it didn't, well... that's what insanity is for.
In hindsight, I'm amazed at just how much work I got done... I'm really quite proud of it. Anyway, I get to do the grad ceremony in a couple of weeks (post posed it for almost a year).
Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:56 AM
I just started my PhD, so I still don't have changed perceptions, what I know is that I won't leave my Country in this shit as many Italians have done in the past and present times. If we keep on studying here, but work abroad, in the end we won't have people to help change things... just like in a vicious circle.