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Copy of If PhD students are so smart, then why do they volunteer for such torture?

The realities of graduate school, discouragement, life, and hope
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Lindsey Woodworth

on 28 June 2013

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Welcome to Graduate School
You're safe...
I hope you like math and coffee...
Math camp...
Pit-Stop #1
Course Work
Year 1
Preliminary Research Paper
Summer 1
Years 4, 5, 6, 7, 8...
Dissertation
Year 2
Specialized Course Work
Summer 2
Qualifiers...
Year 3
Write research paper
Defend research paper
PhD Candidate... finally!
Things I have thought:


Paradise = Starring at the wall for 5 minutes and not having to think







Wow... I'm so stupid







Hey, I'm a PhD student... I'm pretty smart (and awesome)!







If my research stinks, I stink.






I'm worthless to my professor unless I can make him look good







No one told me that sleeping is prohibited in graduate school...







I am soooooo stressed!







I don't have time to invest in meaningful non-school things... I'm too busy
What the Bible says about graduate school:
Lindsey:
I don’t have time to invest in meaningful
non-school things


Bible:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart
be also. –Luke 12:34
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:30-31
Plus...
RA for College of Medicine
TA for Executive MBA class
Teach ECO 4505
Tutor UF athletes
Manage experiment with 2,000 people
International Friendship!
PhD Candidate
Home: Wichita, KS
Current Home: Matherly Hall
Lindsey Woodworth
UF Dept. of Economics
Hometown: Wichita, KS
If PhD students are so smart,
then why do they volunteer for such torture?
Lindsey:
Paradise = Starring at the wall for 5
minutes…


Bible:
He gives strength to the weary and
increases the power of the weak.
–Isaiah 40:21
Lindsey:
Wow… I’m so stupid


Bible:
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.” –Isaiah 41:13
Lindsey:
I’m a PhD student... I’m awesome!


Bible:
God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble (…) Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up. –James 4:6b, 10
Lindsey:
If my research stinks, I stink


Bible:
So God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. –Genesis 1:27
Lindsey:
I’m worthless to my professor unless I can make him look good


Bible:
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying, “I have loved you an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” –Jeremiah 31:3
Lindsey:
No one told me sleeping is prohibited in grad school


Bible:
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. –Genesis 2:2-3
Lindsey:
I’m so stressed


Bible:
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
–Luke 12:24-26
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