Hello Tildes, I recently was accepted to my first PhD program, to one of my top choices. I am really quite excited about it. So I wanted to ask you... If you have a PhD: Are you glad you spent all...
I recently was accepted to my first PhD program, to one of my top choices. I am really quite excited about it.
So I wanted to ask you...
If you have a PhD:
- Are you glad you spent all that time pursuing it?
- What does having one allow you to do that not having one would prevent you from doing?
- Do you still maintain connections with your advisor(s) and/or fellow students?
- Are you proud of your research?
- Do you still look at research in that field?
- What do you do now?
If you pursuing a PhD, or have one and can answer these questions as your past self:
- Do you get along with your advisor?
- How much time do you spend looking at publications in your field?
- Is most of your new knowledge from these publications, or do you perhaps rely on books you have not yet read?
- How has your own funding (e.g. NSF fellowship) or lack thereof impacted what you do with your day?
- What do you anticipate doing after you finish?
- What (open source?) tools do you find the most useful in your work?
- How do you balance work/life?
- If you are/were a TA, how did you learn how to be an effective one?
- How do you make sure you are on track with your research goals?
- What are your biggest wins? Your biggest regrets?
- any other things you want to talk about?