Oh no, you definitely can’t. To be fair, there must have been some things you liked being in academia, to have stuck it out for years?
Yes, I did like my own research project on microlensing, which is one of the methods being used to detect exoplanets. It was fun when it was working, even though I wanted to pull out my hair at times when it wasn’t working.
Also, I liked the passion that my supervisor had for his profession, research and teaching. As I said, that had been a rare thing to see, in my personal experience of teachers anyways. So it was inspiring to know that teachers like that exist.
Do you wish you had studied something different and if so, why?
No. I have no regrets. I thoroughly enjoyed studying science. Even in academia, and even with the irrationality of modern physics, there are many areas in science such as classical physics that offer the student logic and clarity, especially in the hard sciences.
This is much more preferable to me than what I imagine I would have gone through taking a humanities class. Humanities is in a worse state than modern physics.
Modern physics is pretty bad, but yes, the humanities is a mess!
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