Here is a question. Is there anything you know now about your profession that would have made you reconsider choosing your career path had you known it at the time of choosing?
I was extremely ignorant about what the life of a North American academic was like when I decided to pursue it. I was a very recent immigrant, and my knowledge was similar to the kind we have about life in other galaxies. Or the kind a toddler has about the structure of the family’s budget.
I think I might have thought twice (and probably still made the same choice) if I knew about the suffering Olympics and the culture of negativity. The positives I didn’t know about, though, outweigh all this by far.