What happens to you when you pursue a PhD in hospitality
- You’re happy because this is the next stage of your life
- This may not be your first time in grad school, so learning in a new environment or in a different “eye” could be a cool thing
- You make new friends, older ones, with whom you can connect better
- You feel so creative and wanted to do em all
- You realize you can’t do em all.
- You started envy-ing over people you meet at events, seminars, because they can go around without being asked “what can you do pursuing that?”
- Then you start thinking if your work actually matters.
- At the same time, you start thinking of clever ways to answer the previous question.
- But then you got thinking if your work is actually good when you start seeing friends succeeding over this questionable pursuit.
- You go on facebook and seeing your friends who are still in the industry and how life is so good with free concert tickets or travel benefits.
- You start thinking maybe “I should head back.”
- Your program friends disagree. Your advisor couldn’t get it. You feel overqualified but at the same time underachieving.
- At a certain point, you could care less of what people say because you have to make a living doing what you can.
- And actually, being a professor isn’t so bad. You can also stay active in the industry while doing so, if you choose.
- Oh shit, dissertation
- Oh crap, job openings.
To be continued.