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  1. Jacob
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    The people saying a psych degree is fine are bullshitting.

    Get ready for Human Resources, or a sinecure- or maybe a adjunct post if you’re lucky. Otherwise polish your sandwich skills.

  2. Dustin Harford
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    33:05 – I gotta get me a PhD in Cheem

  3. reimi
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    this was super educational thank you for covering this thread

  4. jake
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    half of my previous company director are phd doctors (in engineering) as it makes the company looks professional to the outside industry. which helps them secure more sophisicated building contracts, which improves their company cv and helps raise the company value. so there is that .. 😕

  5. Carl FromTheOC
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    So disappointed to find out I could not become a Doctor of Thugganomics. The one guy in that field essentially retired.

  6. srujana k
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    The psychology degree one hit me hard because i just finished my bachelor's and it kinda frightening to think my bachelor's doesn't have any value and i have to study for atleast 4-5 years more, I'm getting scared thinking about loans

  7. TheEPROM9
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    So basicly I made the right desision to not bother with a PhD, complte wast of time. Out in the indestry earning quite well.

  8. Lillian Lee
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    is there going to be another live

  9. James Johnson
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I definitely don't regret staying in school the extra years for my PhD. I got the job that I wanted a couple of years after I graduated and it's nice having people call you doctor.

  10. n/a n/a
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Idk wtf half of these are talking about. 🤣🤣

  11. likeable antagonist
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Loan as long and as much as you can and VOTE for Andrew YANG!

  12. vincent ender
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Listening to this and thinking anout my flop of a brother. Had 'promise' and tuition paid for at first, then realized he wasnt the smartest best whatever, got lazy, lost the tuition and lied to parents. Now they are stuck paying for his mess and I doubt he'll repay them for their loss in retirment money and savings. Yeah their golden child is more like fools gold.

    Edit: also hell if I know what he even was trying at the end as he kept changing his mind on classes what he wanted to be.

  13. Robert Williams
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Anyone that tells you that you need a degree for MOST jobs knows fuck-all about MOST jobs.

  14. Polymathically
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    This was interesting. I graduated from college well over a decade ago. I would've kept going, but by that point I was almost out of money. I'd been working in the banking industry since I was 15, and realized that student loans were a huge financial trap that I had to avoid at all costs. So, I put myself through college out of my own pocket, working 3 jobs and cutting everything else out. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I knew better. It was a brutal, ruthless, self-inflicted lesson in discipline, focus, and the difference between wants and needs. I didn't have much money when I walked across the stage. But I didn't owe anyone a cent.

    I went back to work for the bank full time to rebuild my fortune, moving up into ops and audits. I lasted several more years, but eventually burned out and had a mental breakdown due to depression, suicidal ideation, and several other factors. My therapist explained that I'd stayed in my career for the sake of stability and safety, but not for any kind of passion. It was far beneath my capabilities, and staying there was a waste. I was eventually axed from the company, and for the first time, I had nowhere to be and nothing to do. Without the structure of an academic environment and a tangible goal to pursue, it was like I was adrift on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean, without a paddle or any direction. I'm still drifting; I've traveled the world (25 countries / 5 continents and counting!), but I can't keep this up forever.

    I thrive on observing details, working logistics, planning navigating, etc. These skills translate to many different fields, including creative pursuits like writing and photography. I'm writing my autobiography right now, but that obviously isn't going to pay my bills. I also vastly prefer being surrounded by nature, instead of being around people. According to the assessment tests I've taken, I'm best suited for something in Earth Sciences, such as Geology, Hydrology, Geophysics, etc. These will be important, given how climate change will affect things in the coming decades, as well as our continuing reliance on technology. Pursuing that would involve going back to college and starting from scratch.

    And while I'm more than capable of the work, paying for it and sustaining myself is something else entirely. Things have changed so much since I was a student, and aspects like inflated tuition and how grad students are used clearly show how much of a racket higher education in America truly is. I also dread the prospect of spending more of my life doing something I only have an idle interest in, and not any actual passion. I could do any subject and do well in it. I could easily get back into classes, earn those As, and move on. But to what end? My father spent his entire adult life in college, collecting degrees like kids collect Pokemon. He spoke 10 languages and had a couple of master's, but failed miserably at real life because he was a raging, sociopathic asshole. I'm not nearly as crazy, but I don't want to end up like him and spend the rest of my life in a classroom.

    I don't know what to do.

    TLDR: I'm at the crossroads of my life, depressed, burned out of my previous career, and wondering if I should go back and get a STEM degree despite not having any passion or plan for the future. I don't know what to do.

  15. Dave Stevens
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Beyond a masters degree, academia is basically a pyramid scheme – there are far less positions than researchers applying, and it is every tenured professor's goal to recruit as many young wide-eyed PhD students to use as research assistants and co-authors, all the while selling the dream of "work hard and you'll be just as successful as I am".

  16. Marisa
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I don't plan on going for a PhD in my field (nursing), but plan to pursue a nurse practitioner degree beyond my undergrad. It's not the case for every field, but in mine, that kind of grad school investment is pretty worth it, when you compare what an RN can make compared to an APN (bigger difference when you're talking about highly-specialized fields of medicine). But the biggest piece of advice I've been given about pursuing grad school – it all comes down to money, so you really have to think about return on investment before you commit yourself to any grad school at all, masters or doctorate.

  17. smartchip
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I am looking into doing a PhD in a S.T.E.M field, BSc, BEng, MEng,

  18. D G
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Juris Doctorate = not worth it

  19. KAMILA REEDER
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Theres no such thing as a dance PhD but this is rather fascinating

  20. A Tree
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I'm not a student sooo… No??

  21. Rabbit Goddess
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    omg finally i feel like this is actually useful to a lot of people in deciding whether getting a phd is good for them

  22. Halostrap
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    oMG you deserve so many more views and comments like wtaf you 100k subs, where r ur fans at, u should email YouTube the algorithm is probably F'd

  23. Hippsthehippo
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    My Wifes a Doctor

  24. Christopher Nikoletatos
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I just had an important conversation with my mother about what I want to become in my life. I love biology nad physics but still don't know what is my favourite degree in medicine. Any recommendations???

  25. Lilly Hutson
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    When you see the video first

  26. mini pie
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    First

  27. mini pie
    July 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Firat