Here is a little humor/reality check for the graduate students out there. Thinking about a PhD, ThD, or DMin? Read on!
Halfway through my second-year on the tenure-track, I see that I am faced with another important moment in shaping my career. Though I effectively proved that I am an independent scholar through the grueling process of completing a dissertation, I still face the challenge of defining my career for myself. The training wheels are off. It seems, however, that the task of professional self-definition is a more salient and intense process for me because I intend to carve out my own path — one that prioritizes difference-making, health, happiness, and authenticity.
Just after one year in my job, I have stumbled across lessons I learned in graduate school that were exaggerated, completely false, or overly-simplistic. It appears one necessary step of my journey toward a self-defined career as a teacher-scholar-advocate is to unlearn, or at least contexualize, such lessons. Here are 25 lessons that…
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