Just ordered this book on everything that can go wrong in social science research.
Archive for October, 2009
I will try to stop complaining about my 9 AM Monday time slot after reading this. A pretty inspiring article:
Today during class someone asked me how one can survive a Ph.D. program with their sanity and general happiness intact. Some quick thoughts:
1. Study something for your dissertation that you’re passionate about / fascinates you…or else your life is going to be kind of depressing and slow.
2. Write every week day for moderate amounts of time when possible.
3. Don’t totally isolate yourself. Find intellectual community.
4. Find non-graduate school community/friends. Hang out with them. Often.
5. Eat good food, and even better, healthy food. (Like the whole leaf lettuce served at In n’ Out.) If possible, pursue graduate education in a locale with a nearby Trader Joe’s.
6. Exercise. It really makes a difference.
7. Find a really wonderful friend who will make you snacks and tea lattes, make you exercise, cook you a garlic-themed birthday dinner, drink juice with you, always offer to drive, and listen to all of your incoherent thoughts.
8. Help fund a calculus camp. Be amazed that you have friends awesome enough to go to the mountains with their students…and study calculus.
9. Make good friends with a four-year old.
10. Learn to power nap.
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I tend to have a problem with studies that measure nebulous emotional states and then compare them back to other nebulous states experienced at different moments in time. You learn a lot from them about how people answer surveys, but not so much about how they objectively felt. (Judith Warner)
Okay, there’s a funny contradiction in those last two words, but Warner’s article has links to the back and forth between Barbara Ehrenreich and Stevenson/Wolfers’ study on female happiness (or lack thereof). I might use the discussion in the future for my 654 class–how people perceive research/quantitative methods/survey research, what they can do, what they can’t do.
What are you afraid of? SAT folks slap down free, top-tier tutoring for the masses. (Thanks to Benji for posting)