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ERIC Number: EJ934867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
The Long Exile that Never Was
Ruano, Carlos R.
Teaching in Higher Education, v16 n5 p591-592 2011
In writing these reflections, the author is not seeking to apportion blame nor absolution about life choices that less than 1% of the population gets to make and lives to regret. In some ways, this piece is a rearview mirror projection of a life that took a very different turn to that which the author expected when he embarked on a doctoral programme. In a sense, this is a message in a bottle that he could have written to himself years ago to express the grief, to let go of a certain vision that was not meant to be. Academia is like a family where some of its members are never really a part. Some sense of belonging to the academic family is lost almost immediately upon beginning a Doctoral programme: not being part of the right cliques, not sensing support from the powers that be--perceived or real, it matters little to the castaway in the making. The paradox of Academia is that it offers a promise to reward a certain independence of thought and daring to push the boundaries of what passes as existing knowledge. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A