Dr. Trish: Amen on your comments! My Ph.D. was for my own personal growth and purposes, with an eye toward teaching and consulting after retirement. When I was sitting in classes at night for three hours after working all day, I KNEW why I was there–for myself! A job was not a good enough reason for me. I took my daughter to graduate school with me at night (four nights a week!) when I was getting my M.A. because I couldn’t find/afford childcare at night. As a first-generation college goer in my family, I felt fortunate to be able to get a B.A. I never dreamed of a Ph.D. when I was younger. I think I appreciate it more because I got it as a middle-aged adult with a vriety of life experiences than I would have as a 20-something.
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