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Living in a Cave

Doing a PhD is like living in a cave. You can hibernate for a while, sheltering from the fierce winds and harse conditions of the real world. It gives you time to work on something creative, like putting up an umbrella - it’s easier to put up an umbrella in a cave than in the gales outside. Of course, once you have the umbrella up you realise that you’re in a cave and don’t need it anymore. Living in a cave is a difficult life: there are few resources, no places to go and very little scenery to lift the heart. You have only yourself, the bare essentials and your mind.

I don’t want to live in a cave all my life, the real world looks pretty…