The web magazine Curie has invited Miranda Kajtazi, one of our valued lecturers at the Department of informatics, to share her experiences as one of their guest bloggers.
The web magazine Curie has invited Miranda Kajtazi, one of our valued lecturers and researchers at the Department of informatics, to share her experiences as one of their guest bloggers.
Curie is a web magazine which monitors the latest research trends, with the aim to explain, analyse and put research into context. The magazine is issued by the Swedish Research Council.
Read Miranda's inspiring blog posts in Curie here!
Here follows a part of one of Miranda's recent blog contributions:
The dream for an academic life
Recently, I read a blog post by a professor from UC Berkeley who wrote about the treacherous path scientist have to take to stay close to it. He stated: “it is an amazing time to do science, but an incredibly difficult time to be a scientist”.
Indeed, this is true. As you start shaping your first steps towards the main door to enter a scientific community, those steps have to cross paths that often seem impassable. They are loaded with bushes full of thorns that often put you in a position to give up and change paths. Yet, once you find yourself passionate about what you do, as you approach the impassable path, you get an energy that somehow makes that treacherous path seem easy to cross.
The dream for an academic life starts early. Right at the time when everyone around you thinks that your low pay compared to the workload and the place you have to live and endure for years to come, can be turned around in a matter of days. You only need to start thinking that your profession can do miracles in industry. While this is certainly true, the joy for doing science, the freedom that allows you to call yourself the tiny explorer of the world, and the passion that keeps you active and fighting for the most wanted scientific projects out there, present three important criteria that keep you chasing the dream for an academic life.