Words of Wisdom
At the supper celebrating a successful defense of one's Ph.D.
dissertation, the Ph.D. candidate imparts words of wisdom.
These are the words of wisdom of ESPL graduates.
- The quality of interaction with your advisers is proportional
to your willingness to interact with them.
- Be confident that your work is good and that other people
want to read it.
- Talk to the guys [and girl] in the lab. They may
have useful things to say--or they may just brighten up
- Work hard
- Work smart
- Enjoy life
- If you think that you have made a major breakthrough,
then your solution is probably wrong. Check your solution.
- The happiness of your advisors is inversely proportional
to the happiness of your family.
- Doing a Ph.D. makes you an expert in three areas:
time management, money management, and your research area.
- Choose the proper advisor.
- Respect everyone in the lab as your teacher.
- Doctorate of Philosophy for women is Doctorate of Impressive.
- Be consistent and balanced in your work schedule
-- put some effort into your work everyday.
- Work on some problem for the sake of the problem
and not because it has any practical value.
- Always try to share your ideas with your labmates
and seek professors for their help.
- Share your knowledge
-- knowledge increases with sharing.
- Your work is only as good as you present it.
- Help your friends when they need help
-- eventually you will need help too.
- Rely on your self
-- nobody wants your Ph.D. more than you do.
- Rely on your friends
-- because they mean good to you, and rarely you can do on your own.
- Keep your chin up and hopes alive
-- because end will come in a good way.
- There is no such thing as a perfect research problem,
so don't spend many years trying to find one
- When you realize that there is too much to be done,
you're ready to graduate
- Goethe: "Enjoy when you can, endure when you must".
- Broadband: don't be too narrow in your approach
- High-speed: utilize time efficiently
- Communication: talk to your supervisor, group members, and others
- Have a positive frame of mind
- Always have faith, but don't think about fear
- Never compete with anyone, including yourself,
rather enjoy your work
- Take coursework seriously--it's the foundation for good research and is not a distraction.
- Think more and code less--analyze the problem well before writing code.
- Respect your peers and learn from them--ethnic diversity implies intellectual diversity.
- Be humble and learn from everyone.
- Do not be afraid to start new work. Just do it!
- Listen to your advisor and committee members. (They remember the comments they made in your qualifying exam during your defense.)
- Make it better than yesterday.
- Stick to your interests.
- Relax as much as possible.
- Work hard and the results will come.
- Two birds, one stone: try to make your graduate research work align
with other responsibilities
- Have a plan and an outline: it's hard to get there if you don't
know where you're going
- Schedule [weekly] time specifically for dissertation writing
and keep it sacred
- Collaboration: Look for mutual collaboration, particularly at the start of your PhD.
- Confidence: Have confidence in your knowledge and your work-- it reflects in your publications and presentations.
- Companionship: Seek support from your loved ones for emotional strength.
- Faith in self: Have faith in yourself. Even when the challenges
seem insurmountable, patience and perseverance will guide you to your
- Faith in the PhD: Have faith in the PhD. It will make you a better,
- Faith in people: Have faith in the people around you. Your advisor
will guide you, your colleagues will help you, your family will
support you, and your friends will make your life complete.
- Be curious: explore other academic departments and interact
with people having different backgrounds
- PhD is a journey not a goal: make the best of what the university
has to offer to develop academically and personally
- Collaborate: working with other people rocks
- Don't be afraid of detours
- If you can't get everything, just pick something
- Set a timeline
- Exercise every day
- You're always learning something
- Set realistic goals; there is always more work to do
- Have a healthy lifestyle.
- Choose a research topic that you are passionate about.
- Take risks. Don't be afraid of failure.
- Be open minded and feed your curiosity: The results will surprise you.
- Take breaks: Some of the greatest ideas happen when the pressure is off.
- The world is yours: Own your future and never settle for less.
- Work on things you enjoy doing.
It's much easier that way and the motivation will help you get
through tough times.
- Life balance:
While you're young and healthy try to enjoy life and pay attention
to work-life balance.
- Finish the PhD before working if you can help it.
- Don't compare your journey with others, every PhD is unique.
- Don't be afraid to fail and learn from mistakes.
- Collaborate and keep yourself abreast with what other researchers are doing.
- Maintain a good work-life balance to avoid a burnout.
In addition, we have also included the words of wisdom for
Prof. Brian L. Evans on the event of receiving tenure and promotion:
Brian L. Evans (tenure)
- Stick to your principles.
- Look for mutual collaboration.
- Balance everything, your mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical lives.