When Jennifer Fowlow started her PhD program in women’s studies, her dream was to become a professor.
But by her third year, she says, she was fed up.
“When I look back … to me it was just one big, stressful guilt trip,” says Fowlow.
“There was always another article I should have read, another book I should have gotten, more notes I should have written.”
Good for her that she had the insight, the self-awareness and the courage to quit. If “there is always another article to read and to write” is stressful instead of exhilarating, then doing something else with your life is the only thing that makes sense. I admire people who have the strength to realize this and don’t spend the next 30 years visiting their stress and guilt on everybody around them.
She should definitely be proud of herself for dropping out.