What Was Your Experience Getting a PhD?


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Hey fags. I got into a "New Ivy" school; starting my freshman year earlier this August. And wanted to know your experience of getting a PhD? I honestly wouldn't mind wasting my twenties away to pursue one. Since I don't really have much family back home, besides my uncle. But wanted your input as whether or not that'd be a wise decision. Were you guys fucked? Or would you generally describe it as a difficult, yet worthwhile decision?

  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Literally nobody on LULZ I have seen has ever had a advanced degree. You'll never get a reply.
    Also society is collapsing, good luck.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I mean, it’s an imageboard based around anonymity..
      Either you or I can verify somebody’s credentials. All we can really do is have faith in what they say just like any other site you fucking brainlet.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        But you're so mentally retarded you actually posted this, on a website where the average iq is 70.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm in a Master's program right now lol

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I’m law school. I shit post when I take breaks from reading all day.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        T14?

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Of course not.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I have a masters in security studies m8

      shit's fun

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just make sure that you are engaged in some sort of paid research/teaching work early on.

    The job market is insane these days. No idea what went wrong.

    Having technical skills also offsets some of the risks, if you are doing one in history then some statistical knowledge and programming knowledge is good so you can focus on historometrics.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >no idea what went wrong
      take a look at the number of phds being printed out every year, now think about what tenure means (90 year old profs still teaching)
      tl;dr phd programs accept too many people

      as for advice on getting a phd, if you really love the discipline then sure. phd is not difficult, if it is you are too stupid for one
      humanities phd is just reading for your field and then lots of politics for committee selection/hiring/your job from now on

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >PhD
    >4chungus
    ??????
    Ask people at uni instead

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    good morning kill all academics

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    The job market is fucked

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Everywhere?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Depends on the country that you live in, on the askhistorians subreddit there was a whole post as to why becoming a historian with a phd is retarded

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          What if that PhD entails historometrics (work in Python, R)?

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            I met a computer science phd from Stanford who didn't know what a logarithm is

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Care to find it?

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you do a PhD you'll be overqualified for the stupid job market. Nobody will love you and you'll die alone.

    Do a PhD if you want, after you get a career

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Let's be real, LULZ is the worst place to discuss actual history on the internet. It's all just that extremely sad "schizo" (probably just an attention starved retard) spammer, religion, denial of obvious facts, obvious bait, and derailing of quality discussions.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's not like Reddit's much better

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Redditors may be retards, but LULZ posters are just straight trash

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          reddit is straight up unusable. The website itself is trash and the people on it are worse. Also it was basically set up and run for a long time by Epstein's bitch, funny how quick everyone forgot about that.

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    university is a worthless pursuit for almost 90% of those who actually enroll. If your family has the money and are connected enough to for you to waste your prime on something that is pointless and will not be taken seriously, then go for it.
    Just don't be one of those weirdos which get upset when people have the common courtesy to avoid addressing you as "Dr" because they feel it would be impolite to draw attention to someone who has wasted their time and money on something as gaudy and base as the intellectual equivalent of a diamond encrusted grill.

  9. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I got a PhD in a liberal arts / humanities discipline, and I now have a comfy tenure professorship at a small college.

    The difficult challenge of getting a PhD is one of perseverance not intelligence. Plenty of midbrains get a doctorate because they spent enough hours at their desk; plenty of geniuses don't because they won't or can't settle into the grind.

    The actual workload is not nearly as stressful as the uncertainty of the job market.

    Always keep an eye out for grants, fellowships, etc. It's free money that also looks good on the cv.

    Do what your advisor tells you to, short of tolerating abuse/exploitation.

    Don't put the rest of your life on pause while you're in grad school.

  10. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    even when you aren't posting images from your iphone you're extremely recognizable. Take your fucking meds. Or just kill yourself already, I know you think about that a lot.

  11. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    it's extremely common to have a masters degree. PhD less so but I know plenty of people who post that have one or are getting one.

    https://i.imgur.com/QPnalNr.jpg

    Hey fags. I got into a "New Ivy" school; starting my freshman year earlier this August. And wanted to know your experience of getting a PhD? I honestly wouldn't mind wasting my twenties away to pursue one. Since I don't really have much family back home, besides my uncle. But wanted your input as whether or not that'd be a wise decision. Were you guys fucked? Or would you generally describe it as a difficult, yet worthwhile decision?

    only get a phd if you're comfortable staying in academia for the rest of your life.

  12. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm thinking about going into academia in my mid-forties after grinding in a law firm and saving up money. How viable is this?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Waste of time imo

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Viable but retarded
      JDs and PhDs are highly specialized instruments. No sense spreading yourself across both. It would only make sense if you want to be a scholar of the law, but even then you could probably do whatever you are planning with just one degree or the other.

  13. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Mine was a science PhD but I enjoyed it. Think about how you will fund it though. I was paid to do mine and I wouldn’t pay to do it. Think about how it’ll help you increase job ability as well.
    I’m still overqualified for what I do. The PhD is mainly used as bragging rights ‘ x% of our staff have PhDs and MDs!’ Type of thing.
    Up to you. I’d only do ot if it’s going to be worth your while. If money is no object then go for it

  14. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Getting my masters in linguistics at the moment, what am I in for lads?

  15. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did it.

    I regret it in the sense that the Ph.D. itself is worthless. I learned a lot, but after my experience am less interested in scholarship and human knowledge in general. It's humbling because once you see how the sausage is made, you take human knowledge and academia less seriously, and what you do seems trite in retrospect. The process that makes you "learned" just makes you realize there's no such thing, and there's absolutely nothing waiting on the other side (Ph.D.s are not financially or culturally valuable in any way).

    It wasn't any harder than working a normal 9-5 job, so it's difficult, but only in the sense that all life and work is. You don't get paid that much, but you get a stipend and are just expected to do a shitload of research and academic work, alongside various teaching and possibly some administrative responsibilities.

    Academics are also generally insufferable people, and the stereotype of them knowing nothing about the outside world is generally true.

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