Graduation

I graduated yesterday. It hasn’t fully sunk in, probably because I don’t have a job lined up or a finished dissertation (though getting there!). I don’t regret graduate school; I learned a lot, about my dissertation topic, people, and myself. I just want to post a thought here before getting back to work. There are two main problem solving styles. One is to apply a method, algorithm, medicine, etc. to a large number of subjects (e.g., algorithm to big datasets, mosquito nets to reduce malaria). The other is to focus on a single subject or a handful and invest a lot of time and love (e.g., raising a family, investing in a few people, doing a dissertation). Fortunately, these styles are complimentary and probably mutually necessary. The former method gets more press, but the latter method gets more “art” (literature, movies, etc.)

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