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Unearthing Knowledge: How Indiana Jones Inspired My PhD Journey


I was recently conversing with my study buddy, and we delved into the depths of our reasons for pursuing a PhD. As she shared her profound motivations, I couldn't help but feel a twinge of shame about revealing my true reason. The story I narrated during my interview is true, but it's a polished and professional version, with a few entertaining bits left out.


Image from Disney+


It all began when I was a young girl, completely captivated by the adventures of Indiana Jones. Watching him swing his whip and evade ancient booby traps, I couldn't help but be enthralled. However, it wasn't the adventurer part that truly fascinated me; it was the "Dr" title he carried with such charisma. From that moment, I knew I wanted to be like Dr Jones. Admittedly, at first, my ambition was to become an archaeologist. I would spend countless hours exploring the British and Natural History museums, diligently jotting down notes and attempting to recreate hieroglyphics. But, alas, I went down a very different path.


Of course, every person's reason for embarking on a PhD journey is unique, just like the paths they go down during their research. And when it comes down to it, the specific reasons may matter less than the common goal we all share: contributing our own nugget of wisdom to the vast wall of knowledge.



Image taken at the Curzon in Oxford, UK.


And so, I couldn't contain my excitement when the newest Indiana Jones movie hit theatres. As the self-proclaimed biggest fan, I eagerly took my seat, ready to be transported into a world of archaeological wonders and hair-raising escapades. To my dismay, I discovered that the movie was not performing well at the box office. It could be a sign of the times, indicating that the newest generation isn't as keen on becoming archaeologists or astronauts. Instead, they aspire to be influencers and entrepreneurs, shaping their futures through the realms of social media and innovation. Now, don't get me wrong; I'm not saying this is a bad thing. After all, technology is constantly reshaping our focus and opening new and exciting opportunities.


As I reflect on my childhood fascination with Indiana Jones and my current pursuit of a PhD, I can't help but appreciate the humorous and unexpected path that has led me here. Who would have thought that a movie about an intrepid adventurer would inspire a young girl to embark on a journey of intellectual exploration? Life has a funny way of intertwining our passions and ambitions, leading us down intriguing and sometimes unconventional paths.


So, here I am, embracing my version of the "Dr" dream. With each step I take towards earning my PhD, I am pursuing knowledge and honouring the spirit of that wide-eyed girl who dreamed of being just like Dr Jones. And who knows, maybe one day I'll stumble upon an ancient artefact or decode a cryptic message, all while sporting a stylish fedora. After all, life is full of surprises, and in the world of academia, anything is possible!


So, whether your inspiration stems from childhood dreams, a burning curiosity, or an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, let's celebrate the diverse and sometimes whimsical reasons that have brought us to this incredible PhD adventure. Let's add our unique nuggets to the wall of knowledge, ensuring that it grows and flourishes for generations to come. And who knows, maybe one day we'll inspire a whole new generation of aspiring adventurers, archaeologists, and yes, even future PhD holders in ways we never thought possible. The adventure awaits!



Photo by sunBeam: https://www.pexels.com/photo/landscape-mountains-sand-art-15867516/

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