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We gather in a small room on the third floor of the English department. It is December and a small group of graduates and over-zealous honors students have come to hear about chances of getting a job with a Ph.D. after they spend five, six, or seven years training in the discipline.
We are, theoretically, about to hear about the employment opportunities for humanities Ph.D.‘s. I’m optimistic and ready to take some notes. Mostly, I feel arrogant as I know that half of the students in the room won’t make the tenure cut. It’s survival of the strongest. I’ve seen many of their grades and assume that my own GPA is the highest in the room. Yes, deep down, I am an ugly competitive person. Too bad for them.
In 15 minutes, this arrogance will be sucked out.
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