April 24, 2013

"Much of my life has been spent in the effort to live by more coherent ideas. I even know which ones."

A line from Saul Bellow's "Herzog," quoted by Joshua Rothman in a New Yorker article titled "The Impossible Decision," about deciding whether to go to grad school.

5 comments:

edutcher said...

I had no problem with going to grad school.

I figured I was too old.

Larry J said...

If you're a college undergraduate approaching graduation day with a lot of student loan debt, few marketable skills and poor job prospects, then you should only consider graduate school if it'll help you acquire marketable skills. If you're only going to grad school to avoid facing reality, you're doubling down on stupid.

mccullough said...

Don't go to grad school to study Saul Bellow. He's a bore.

ken in sc said...

I signed up for graduate school to keep the Air Force from sending me overseas. They had a policy that if you were enrolled in a degree program, and filled out the proper paperwork, you could not be reassigned until the program was complete. That's how I got my Masters. After that I was sent straight to Korea. I could not even attend graduation.

ken in sc said...

During the same time, I completed Air Command and Staff College by correspondence. Having both a Masters and ACSC got me promoted to Lt. Col. Now the woods are full of retired Lt. Col.s. They started pushing us out after Desert Storm.