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As a PhD Scholar

Raise your standards as high as you can live with, avoid wasting your time on routine problems, and always try to work as closely as possible at the boundary of your abilities. Do this because it is the only way of discovering how that boundary should be moved forward.

Don’t strive for recognition (in whatever form): recognition should not be your goal, but a symptom that your work has been worthwhile.

Striving for perfection is ultimately the only justification for the academic enterprise; if you don’t feel comfortable with this goal –e.g. because you think it too presumptuous–, stay out!

Prof.dr. Edsger W. Dijkstra


One response to “As a PhD Scholar

  1. Mumtaz Siddiqui February 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

    One more "Avoid involvement in projects so vague that their failure could remain invisible: such involvement tends to corrupt one's scientific integrity." Edsger_W._Dijkstra

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