Take No Prisoners

The Central Theme of your Thesis (comic + comment)

If you’ve gone to grad school, particularly for a PhD, this may ring true for you.

The strange thing is, grad schools seem to be constructed around the assumption that grad students are desperately inept and have no idea what they want to do for their thesis or beyond. This premise has so profoundly affected the structure of graduate programs that when a student does know what he’s doing and has a clear idea of how to go about it, the program seems to work against his initiative at every turn.

To understand just how silly this is, consider that only the most elite students are supposed to do PhDs in the first place. Thus, assuming that PhD students will be inept and confused is either the heights of cynicism or just plain nuts.