Come back down to Earth

I just came across The illustrated guide to a Ph.D. which really got me thinking. Do we often go into a PhD with grand ideas of changing the world? It’s safe to say that we will come up with new ideas, but reading this post really brought me back to Earth on the likely impact of my research. Thanks to Matt Might for allowing this to be reproduced here.

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A strange thing happened in the classroom

Class Instructor educating Chef Center student...

Note: not actually me! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is not often that I am caught off guard by anything in life. Even less so when I am at a structured place like university. However, I recently had an experience in the classroom that had me lost for words.

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Hindsight is wonderful

Wise old manI recently heard this quote;

Hindsight wisdom is of no use – Indian Proverb

Well sorry to the wise old man who probably first said this, but I must say I disagree. Hindsight wisdom might not be able to change anything from that time for me, but it certainly has shaped the subsequent decisions I have made. As they say, live and learn. However, I am also hoping that MY hindsight wisdom can be of use to YOU. Having finished my Bachelor studies a few years ago, I am now a tutor (research assistant/teacher/professor; whatever the equivalent position title) for first year students in business, and I am constantly trying to impart my hindsight wisdom. If I can save at least one person from making the same mistakes as me, then my mission will be accomplished.

This series of posts about my Bachelor studies reflects my experiences as a Bachelor of Business student at an Australian university. If you follow this blog, my latest posts will be sent directly to you. If you have any other hindsight wisdom to impart, please let us know in the comments, so that we can all benefit.

To PhD or not to PhD? That is the question.

Dr Alice Bennett

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I have recently finished my Masters degree with Honours, and now that I have gotten my results back, I have already been asked numerous times “so when will you start your PhD?” This is actually a good question which I have pondered myself any times over the last few years.
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