I never did a PhD. I did start taking classes once towards that lofty goal. Classes were in the morning before work. After a semester or so, with full time work, young kid and family, it became really hard to keep going. So PhD for me remained a Pretty Hard Decision, to pursue or to give up I was not sure then and not now also.

Yesterday I was on the phone with my friend, a university tenured professor and PhD to the boot. During our conversation he briefly mentioned that one of his friend got PhD after retirement. Somewhere in a corner of my heart, I felt a little bit of envy, may be a little jealousy too. I must have seen a ray of hope also and wanted to know more.

My fried explained that after retirement his friend got (Blood) Pressure, Heart attack and Diabetes, in short PHD.

Now it is not a pretty hard decision for me to stay away from that phd.

Author: pranabaxom

Poetry is my passion. I am not a methodical writer. I have no set topics to write about. What I feel, perceive, think about, I will like to share in this blog. I open my mind to the world. Like the weather, sometimes my poems are cloudy, sometimes stormy. I always like to see sunshine streaming through the leaves of trees, so I hope I can share some of those sunshine with my readers.

13 thoughts on “PhD”

  1. I was 71 when I got my Doctor of Ministry. Most people pan out of a Doctorate because of the manuscript/thesis required. I had a great time with mine. Learned a lot, and loved the research and writing. You would love it, especially as an after-retirement goal. But do avoid the PhD which your friend has. That degree is not worth much and often demands more that the return is worth. 😀

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    1. 👏👏Wow.
      My background is in Mechanical engineering. Finished couple of masters and an MBA ( not Married But Available one) but PhD remained unfulfilled. Now I do not have any desire to do any more higher studies in engineering but can call myself a PhD (Probably Had Desire) 😂

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  2. Get your PhD if that is what the inner voice of your heart tells you, but watch your health, which is a thoudand times more important. Life is about finding balance. However, you do not need any PhD to show the world what a great poet you are, Pranab. I do not have a PhD either, just a degree in English and German Language and Literature plus lots of courses on Foreign Language Teaching. All this allows me to work as a foreign language teacher in a high school in my country, Catalonia. I love my job because it is very creative and I can help people. Instead, a former college friend got his degree and preferred to work as a taxi driver. Each person should do what they love and a job should ideally be one of our many hobbies in life. Does that make sense to you?

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