Not knowing what I want to be when I grow up, I’ve been looking into teaching. And during my research into what life might be like as a professor, I was a bit surprised to learn that life as an associate professor, or the mid-career stage of teaching, isn’t as glamorous as I had imagined.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an informative and insightful article on what life is like for many professors after they receive tenure. I, mistakenly it seems, thought that life would be great. After all, you’ve just received tenure – the ultimate reward for all those years of labor, research, teaching, and grinding away. Tenure, it seems, should be the good life. But often it’s not.
Read the whole article here.
I think this article further supports my infant, but maturing belief that any vocation can appear beautiful, illustrious, seductive, and exciting from an observer, but in reality is far from that dreamy fairytale I too often imagine.