jujubea Posted October 15, 2015 Share Posted October 15, 2015 So, this is a strange question probably.I am thinking a lot about how to choose what to specialize in, both for the thesis (master's) and for the dissertation later on, AND for my career (which I realize will be somewhat flexible and I am not going to quite determine that right now).I have noticed that there are some things I am interested in - or rather, that I thought I was interested in - that are turning out to be sort of ego-driven, rather than real interest or passion driven.An example: I always thought I was interested in the archaeological aspects of my field, but we've been assigned some readings specific to my subfield, all about the excavation and specific historical details of certain significant sites - their dates, their names, their types, their geographic location and its relevance to the site, etc. I am finding that, it is terribly boring to me. I don't care to read what period this or that artifact is from. I don't care that the number of steps indicates that the person was higher or lower ranking in society. (To note: I DO think it is interesting what certain artifacts were USED FOR, and what the artifacts say about the practice of religion at the time). BUT, as I am currently bored to tears in these readings, I am realizing that previously, it wasn't that it was some kind of passion of mine, it was that... I had always thought it would be "so cool" to know such things. As in, wouldn't it be cool to be the person someone comes to to say, "hey, we found this site and we don't know what it is, or what it means, can you help us decipher?" It is only now, as I'm reading this archaeological data, that I see how boring it is to me. I don't actually care - it was just my ego that thought it would be cool to be in that position of knowledge and sharing it. This is just an example of a few.So... I am curious from others who are further along in their Master's and PhD programs especially: did you come up against this problem? How were you able to figure out, before it was too late, that you were only interested in a topic for ego-driven purposes, rather than because you had an actual passion about a topic?I am fearful of choosing a topic that turns out to be something I am not actually that interested in!!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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