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veen  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 13, 2017

My thesis isn't moving forward much - I am having a hard time motivating myself to work hard because I don't think an excellent thesis is within my reach. I keep running into methodological issues that I can't easily resolve. Obviously that means my thesis will end up a mediocre pile of meh.

I don't know what to do with my life. In the comfort zone that is higher education I know what to do to make the most out of it, but beyond that I have no idea. I've been looking into job listings and nothing excited me. Obviously that means I will be doomed to a life of mediocrity when I graduate.

Rationally, I know that isn't true and I shouldn't be so hard on myself, but I just can't shake those feelings and insecurities so they keep gnawing at me.




kleinbl00  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I don't know what to do with my life.

WRITE THE FUCKING BOOK

zebra2  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I know that feeling. Hell, I'm dealing with that feeling now. Education and academia are nice in a sense because you are moving along a nicely-carved path with goalposts and achievements, but then you get to the end and you're not too sure where you're moving towards anymore.

If you lean on that metaphor really hard, then you should be able to conclude that the end of the trail presents an opportunity for exploration and discovery or some shit. I haven't figured out how to translate that into reality though.

AnSionnachRua  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I saw this yonks ago on Reddit with the title "Life Until Graduation", which can be interpreted either as representing emptiness or freedom depending on your point of view.

zebra2  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I remember that. It's a perfect representation of the experience in my mind.

I recall people going both ways on how to interpret it. Thinking back now, I wonder if there was a trend with how people interpreted it depending on their pre- vs. post-grad status.

steve  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I don't know what to do with my life.

I wish I could say this goes away... buckle up.

    Obviously that means I will be doomed to a life of mediocrity when I graduate.

This simply isn't true... keep doing that crazy cool shit you're doing... that ethereum guide was fantastic.

veen  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks, Steve. I'll try. :)

AnSionnachRua  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I don't know what to do with my life. In the comfort zone that is higher education I know what to do to make the most out of it, but beyond that I have no idea. I've been looking into job listings and nothing excited me. Obviously that means I will be doomed to a life of mediocrity when I graduate.

Painful and difficult thoughts. I hope you find the way (and if you do, let me know).

Quoting people is hard here because I don't have a | key on my laptop anymore...