PhD: Piled Higher and Deeper

Here’s a fun, if melodramatic, movie about graduate student life. Charity and I watched it last night, and we were both reminded why we didn’t go into lab sciences. During high school, I worked for a summer in a lab. The experience turned me off from any field where I would spend my days pipetting solutions into small vials.

Roethke on education; Godin on work

Theodore Roethke from On Poetry and Craft:

Those students get the highest grade who take their responsibilities of educating me most seriously.

I always took the position that my boss (when I had a job) worked for me. My job was to do the thing I was hired to do, and my boss had assets that could help me do the job better.

I like Godin’s idea better than Roethke’s, though I’m not sure why. I don’t necessarily disagree with Roethke though. In my experience, one of the best ways to learn is to teach, so in that sense the better students take seriously the task of teaching the teacher.