June 6, 2003
So You Want to Go to Grad School?The best piece of advice you can give an undergraduate who wants to pursue a Ph.D. in the humanities is, don't
"Don't go to graduate school."
"But ... I burn with an intense, gemlike flame for Victorian poetry."
"But ... I'm sure I'd love teaching."
"Why are you really considering graduate school?"
"Well, to be perfectly honest, I majored in English, and I can't find a job. At least not one that pays anything or has health benefits. I'm