Pourquoi le doctorat? Parce que… j’aime ça.

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À la sempiternelle question «que vas-tu faire avec un doctorat?», je ne sais jamais vraiment quoi répondre. Parce que j’ai quelques idées, mais que je ne le sais pas. Disons que les offres d’emploi qui stipulent que le candidat doit avoir un diplôme de troisième cycle en histoire sont plutôt rares – pour ne pas dire presque inexistantes – et qu’il faut se créer des occasions.

Alors, pourquoi me suis-je embarquée dans plusieurs années d’études, surtout sachant que j’allais avoir une toute jeune famille en même temps? Et que j’avais un travail bien rémunéré?

La réponse, toute simple, est que j’aime cela. J’aime étudier. J’aime lire. J’aime faire de la recherche. J’aime apprendre.

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Snow, Silence, and Success

Do they come together?  They did this week!

Snow: For weeks, we endured the dry-ish, rainy cold.  No one who hasn’t experienced snow would believe it, but snow actually makes things seem warmer.  Maybe its the fact that you think its going to be cold because there is snow, and then its not so bad when you actually get out there, has something to do with it.

At any rate, we got a dump of snow that managed to stall all the busses that were going to my home.  After an hour and a half of waiting for busses and taking the metro to get to other busses that might bring me towards home, I decided to walk from the nearest metro stop to my house.  Not a very brief trudge, it ended up taking me a whole hour of trudging.  I even got lost once because I couldn’t recognize the city under all that snow.

Silence: Definitely has to do with snow.  Its as though if there is snow in the air, it acts as a shattered but still effective wall of silence, blocking or muffling all sound.  There’s nothing quite like it, and for someone who makes noise for a living, it is a welcome change from the everyday.

Success: Probably has nothing to do with the other two.  However, I finally had responses from some of the European houses I applied to, and they want to hear me!  This is always the beginning of success… Now, all I’ll have to do is convince them that they really want to get to know me better by having me sign a contract for the next year.  On the menu: a trip to New York in about a week, and a trip to Berlin in January!  So exciting!

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