“should I go to grad school?” in three questions

Should I go to grad school?

Almost certainly not.

Are you living a hellish existence as a grad student?

I have never been happier, more comfortable, more challenged, or more fulfilled.

Won’t I end up a bitter, disgruntled mess if I go to grad school?

You’ll end up a bitter, disgruntled mess anyway, unless you fix the things that need fixing. Wherever you go, you’ll be you.

1 Comment

  1. Fredrik,

    ‘Bout right.

    There’s a related Ancient Tale.

    The old man was sitting by the side of the road when a stranger came along. “Hello old man,” said the stranger. “What do you think the people are like in that village up ahead?’

    Old man looks up at the stranger and asks “What were they like in the place you just came from?”

    “Oh, that was a fine place,” said the stranger. “The people were kind and thoughtful, and even the ones who were not learned would always do their best. I always found them honest and interesting, and happy to help me when I needed help.”

    “Well, that’s interesting,” said the old man. “I think you’ll find the people here are about the same.”

    The old man stayed sitting by the side of the road and another stranger came along. “Hello old man,” said the stranger. “What do you think the people are like in that village up ahead?’

    Old man looks up at the stranger and asks “What were they like in the place you just came from?”

    “Oh, that was a terrible place,” said the stranger. “The people were unkind and ungrateful, and even the ones who were most learned were stupid and deceitful. I always found them sharp, and dishonest, and quick to take advantage of me.”

    “Well, that’s interesting,” said the old man. “I think you’ll find the people here are about the same.”

    Cheers,

    -dlj.

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