Jon Tennant, ‘Shit I learned during my PhD’ (via Academia Obscura)

Shit I learned during my PhD‘ (via Academia Obscura)

Some interesting, and at times provocative, advice. Not all relevant to all disciplines, but certainly worth a look. [The original post seems to be unavailable; but can be found here Now fixed]

Jon Tennant just finished his PhD in paleontology. This post originally appeared on Jon’s blog, Fossils and Shit. Follow him on twitter @protohedgehog.

Doing a PhD is one of the greatest trials you will ever experience in your life. It is physically and mentally grueling, you will be challenged and pushed to the limit every single day, and the pressure levels are so high they will bust you right into the sixth dimension if you’re not prepared or strong enough.

So yeah, they are not for the faint of hearted. That is, if you want to succeed by pushing yourself to the limit, excel in everything that you apply yourself to, and grow to become more powerful than you can possibly imagine (compared to the wimpy undergrad you used to be). But I imagine you wouldn’t even be doing a PhD if this wasn’t your mentality anyway.

I’m a strong believer in committing yourself fully to something if you believe in it, and doing everything within your power to achieve your goals. A PhD is basically a 3-4 year long single project that you can, and should, dedicate yourself too. Now that I’m nearing the end of my own challenge, I wanted to share some simple things with you all that might help in some way.

 

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2 Responses to Jon Tennant, ‘Shit I learned during my PhD’ (via Academia Obscura)

  1. protohedgehog says:

    Oops, broken link on my part, sorry! Website revamp. Here it is: http://fossilsandshit.com/shit-i-learned-during-my-phd/

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