Reflection on getting a Ph D Degree by: Maribeth Q. Galindo August 2, 2008Posted by beth95 in current issues and historical facts, relationships, Thoughts, values.
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Ph D always refers to the highest form of education known to man, it is a term closely associated with proficiency and competence. The term also signifies a different level of learning, though it is the culmination of our education in our system, it is not always the basis of intellectual measurement but the result of hard work and persistence. It is a degree of education that requires a lot of effort and perseverance.
Individuals who have earned this field are perceived to be of high intellectual background and the high caliber of their thinking is superior above everybody. With this impressions, I could not deny the fact that I have some doubts of the capabilities of some Ph D graduates. I have encountered some Ph D graduates yet they don’t sound like what I expected from them. They don’t have the convincing power to let others listen when they speak and the command that they’re supposed to have in their field.
I have known also some Ph D graduates and yet they don’t have any researches except for their dissertation. It’s so happen they’re given a high position in the academe. Somehow, the degree itself by name give prestige to their names. Others speculated that it’s easy to get a made to order diploma in Ph d if you the money. Why not, the speculation is not impossible. But for those individuals who wanted to live the real essence of being a Ph D degree holder won’t buy this kind of stuff.
According to E. Phillips, Ph D degree is a licensed to teach in a university as a member of faculty and is in command of the field of the study and can make worthwhile contributions to it. It plays a significant role in the academic system. Thus, Ph.D degree is accompanied by responsibility and diligence. Knowledge is necessary but not enough; it needs also determination and application of your work for the betterment of the said system. Moreover, teaching in a university requires a lot of patience and dedication. It is a rewarding job to fulfill because of the valuable lessons that can be impart to the students, that’s why teaching more than a profession is a vocation because of the nobility of purpose.
Perhaps, many are willing to enroll in Ph D but tough road ahead is challenging that only few individuals manage to stay, those few who possess the value of endurance. Hindrances may encounter as they go through the stiff process of the studies such as time, money, distance, and etc if you are working at the same time studying. Financial constraints are one factor to think about if you are not earning that much. Distance is another tiring reason if the work place is far, extra effort will be exerted patiently to cope up with the time table of the classes. However, this can be done through self discipline, imposing strict time management is a successful resolution for others anyway.
Getting into Ph D, a student must bear in mind that he/she still have many things to explore, learn and reassess many doctrines, therefore, it requires a lot of initiative. Doing this, not only means finding reading materials and research work but also talking to people who has the authority to their fields. Information and insights can be done through listening from people’s experience and learning the lessons that accompanies, just be opened and gentle in asking some things that you want to know which is necessary to your field.
More importantly, by allowing yourself also to recognize your own shortcomings is a good start to embrace the field of Ph d as a whole. This is just a springboard to a brighter future and should be planned properly. Thus, the venue for personal and professional growth is widely recognized and somehow it offers a lot of opportunities beyond the current status and granting a considerable financial security.