I’m at a cross-roads in graduate school right now. I’ve finished all my required courses and preliminary exams, and our equivalent of an M.A. paper (off for review at a journal, wish me luck!). I’m now onto the vast abyss of prospectus-writing and dissertation-planning. What was once a relatively linear pathway (high school, undergrad, grad school applications, coursework, exams) has opened up and now I have almost complete freedom to decide what to read and what directions to head (guided and advised by my excellent committee, of course). To make an extended analogy, it feels like that moment in a Final Fantasy (FF) game when you leave the big city triumphantly in the airship and suddenly have the entire gameworld to explore.
Thinking along those lines led me to think about other comparisons between grad school and Final Fantasy. Here are a few, feel free to add your own in the comments!
What do you think? How else is grad school like a Final Fantasy game? Is there a better game analogy?