Kindred Spirits


Today I read an article entitled How to Break Up with your PhD by Lara Skelly and couldn’t resist posting a reply:

Hi Lara. So affirming to read your words. Thank you! I am currently in my final year (I hope) and am so pleased to read your article. Like you, I already have a career which I will return to and my doctorate sprang from my work not the other way round. Even my supervisors have asked me where I want to go next. I will be returning to the position I had before which was held open for me. However, nothing much will change, least of all my salary. I am often asked, especially by family, why I am doing this. It’s because, like you, I love to study, to write, to check in to the spa-like pleasure of an academic retreat. And I have more than a passing interest in my topic, which I have been experimenting with in my career for several years. My doctorate is just making my results and findings official. Like you, I have been concerned about feeling let down when I complete in a few months time. What will I do with all that extra time? It is really helpful to read your article. All the best for your next steps. Anne

Dr Deborah M. Netolicky commented on my response.

“Anne my PhD totally felt spa-like and retreat-like to me, too. And I wrote a blog post about how to make your PhD seem like a holiday 🙂 It’s nice not to be the only one!

Thank you, Deb.

Such a great quote from Baudelaire in Deborah’s blog and name.  Love it, Deborah! I am now a follower.

the édu flâneuse

“For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate observer, it’s an immense pleasure to take up residence in multiplicity, in whatever is seething, moving, evanescent and infinite: you’re not at home, but you feel at home everywhere, you’re at the centre of everything yet you remain hidden from everybody.” Baudelaire


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