Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?
May 21, 2012 7:03 AM Subscribe
I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How?
posted by Foci for Analysis to Education (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm about to finish my undergraduate studies (computer science), having previously taken a couple of years off to work. Although I only needed to study for just a semester (four courses) it's been a frustrating experience:
* I've been working with students - undergraduates and graduates - that come off as lazy and irresponsible, forcing me take on more work that I should have too.
* Most of the courses have been poorly designed and executed. The have been too easy, the pedagogy has been lacking, the contents has been irrelevant, outrageously few lectures in one course, etc.
* I'm frustrated with the low quality of learning/teaching. Sure I've learned things but not to the extent I would have expected. I look back at this semester and I feel that I've gone through the motions of learning, that I've wasted six months of my life.
I know that if I'm going to graduate school to get my master's degree, I would have to put with several more courses, which seems utterly dreadful. The only thing I'm looking forward would be writing a thesis but I don't want to suffer through more pointless courses just for that.
Needless to say I'm no longer excited about an academic career. There seems to be too much bullshit, administration and indifference (both from students and professors) going on when teaching and researching. I need to feel that the things I do have a deeper meaning that's shared by others.
Have you been in a similar situation where you wanted to get your degree but couldn't stand all the pointless nonsense involved? How did you go about getting your degree?