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Academia: Expectation Vs Reality

"Work-life balance is when you drink and write at the same time."

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2. Expectation: During your PhD you'll make a real, significant contribution to humanity's understanding of the world.

3. Expectation: While you write up your thesis, you'll work in a different coffee shop or library each day to keep things interesting.

Reality: You binge-watch a different programme each day to avoid doing work as long as possibly can.

Reality: You spend a lot of time explaining that you're "not a real doctor" but your Grandma still calls you with medical questions.

Reason to do a PhD #19: woman having baby on plane "Is there a Dr on board" Me: yes lol *gets out laptop and loads up MATLAB* #phdchat


Reality: You really are. But nobody cares.

Oh you have a PhD, how nice. Just put your CV in this "collection box".

Reality: You'll make loud noises every now and again to wake up the sleeping students in your class.


7. Expectation: In your research, you'll work at the cutting edge of your field and make exciting, groundbreaking discoveries.

Reality: You'll spend 99% of your time getting nowhere and wondering why nothing works.

Reality: Sometimes they will give you great feedback. Sometimes they will give you this:


Reality: Your paper will go through several unnecessary revisions before it even goes to the journal, and then this will happen:

Take your publishing sob stories and tell them to the first author of this paper

10. Expectation: You'll go to conferences in far-flung destinations and stay in luxury hotels.

Reality: Work-life balance is writing a grant proposal with one hand and holding a glass of wine with the other.