peternewman89 Posted September 14, 2013 Share Posted September 14, 2013 Just starting my first year in a PhD program and I am drowning in all of these meaningless numbers. I'm a political theorist so I have a different approach to the discipline altogether and something of a predilection against the quantitative approach, but I tried to come in with an open mind. The stats I've been getting, though have just been so mind numbing and I can't for the life of me see how any of this has anything to do, not with political theory, but with any sort of political science in general. Its all just a mess of variables and functions and subscript and doesn't make a lick of sense. I sort of get it enough to get by but I just am left seething at the fact that this is what I'm taking my time to do. It also doesn't help that we're getting empirical methodology shoved down our throats and nobody can stop talking about how we aspire to be scientists, which is not at all what I'm looking for. I'll never be considered for an NSF grant and I don't go about research in the whole question-hypothesis-method-data gathering-analysis way that most of the department (the non-theorists) say is the only way to think about anything. I want to be a thinker, not a scientist. Its just an altogether frustrating enterprises thus far, though not to the point of making me think of give up; the teaching that I've done has been too rewarding for that, and I haven't even had the chance to do any theory coursework or expire my own original ideas. Just looking for ways to persevere and rationalize all of this. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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