What state of mind had university put me in? Studying for my final oral exam – after already working full-time in the industry for about two years, thus studying being on some sort of hiatus – I just re-read a simple explanation of a concept from dynamical systems analysis, and found it very well put and easily understandable. I had never really understood the concept before.

I'm not sure why. Hadn't I found it too important? Had I simply not taken the two minutes to read the paragraph because I seemed not to have time? Was my motivation for studying and academic work so low? Was it a mental health issue?

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I used to feel really smart as a kid. University seems to have taken it almost all away from me. I didn't really notice until now it is starting to come back. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'm talking about cobweb diagrams, by the way. (Not sure if I should feel extra stupid now because it's so simple.)

Also not sure if I should have CW'd this with something, and if yes, why and with what. I'll be happy to learn if you think I should've.

@Xjs
University is a nightmare realm in fancy dress robes.

(And I say this as a long term participant.)

@feonixrift Still not sure whether I should pursue the magical two name-prefixing letters (or three, and postfix, in English).

Currently I can only imagine doing it in an industry cooperation, or in some field closely related to my work, so that there are overlaps. Can't imagine going back to slavery.

@Xjs
The game as I see it, in either realm:

- who pays whom in money, time and access
- what you can create or discover
- who can access your work then and later
- what having done it grants you lasting access to

@Xjs
Not willingly submitting one's self to a torture chamber purely for the sake of a lettered key which the doors of interest to one do not require is, of course, a valid solution.

@feonixrift Not sure yet whether the doors I want to perambulate require that key. I think it can make the journey a little easier, but it may not be worth the effort.

(I'm not aiming for an academic career, so a doctorate is no hard requirement. I'm interested in management, however, which I am amining for, seems to have about 30-50% »Dr.«-s. (gut observation from letterheads and mastheads, mostly)

@feonixrift Also, my idealist self actually wants to go into politics to change the world for the better. A full-time political career while maintaining moral integrity seems to require very much financial independence. (I think. At least it makes it harder to be swayed by lobbyists, which is a good thing?)

Anyway, approx. the same amount of politicians seem to have a doctorate, similarly just for show like in management.

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