Should You Finish?

Megan Puncus Kajitani, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jun 25, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

An item that hits close to home for me, questioning whether it is in the best interests of some students to finish their PhD. "To consider leaving graduate school without your Ph.D. in hand does not inherently make you a failure. In fact, it could be the best decision you've made in a long while." For me that was pretty much the case; it was a choice between either spending a year writing something that would be read by three people, or teaching and working, making some money, and making my way. I don't regret my choice. From time to time I wish I had the degree, because not having one arbitrarily limits my options, but I don't have the time, and who is going to give me one just for the asking? Ah, but I know I'm as good as any PhD, and in the end, that's all that matters.
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