Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How a PhD is like Alice in Wonderland

1. We’re all mad here
You know it's true. You have to be a little mad to delve into one tiny corner of a topic that nobody else has looked at for three to seven years.

2. We’re late! We’re late! For a very important (submission) date!
The biggest date is the final thesis submission and sometimes it seems like the story of the student who submitted on time is an urban myth.

3. Eat me! Drink me! Read me!
We all struggle with our research being too big, too small, with who we are as PhD students being too big, too small. And obeying labels.
It seems every text screams “READ ME!” and we at least print, photocopy, scan, download and/or save, even if we never end up reading it.

4. Curiouser and curiouser (HT to @frindley)
Because it is the nature of the research - the deeper you get the stranger it gets and the stranger you get. Soon enough you find yourself believing several impossible things before breakfast.