Hey everyone! It’s been a minute since I posted, just wanted to let you all know I’m still around. Offline life has been keeping me quite busy. I’ve got something that’s been on my mind for a while that I would like to share with everyone. As some of you may know, I have a background in the study of politics and history. You can deduce from the topics I have explored on here (besides the music reviews) that it’s where my head is at. As a result of this thorough going interest, many people have been asking what I intend to do next. Some have asked me if I plan to further my education, and some add that I would be a shoe-in for a Ph.D program. After mulling it over, and vacillating back and forth on the issue, I have decided not to enroll myself in a doctoral program. This may surprise some of you, because given my interests, it’s sort of what has been “expected” for me to do. However, I have definite reasons why I feel this is the best decision to make.
First off, and most importantly, another multi-year degree program would take much of my time away from parenthood. My daughter turns one in January. A young child needs a lot of attention, and I don’t know if I can give that if I am in school for another 5-6 years. These are formative years, and I don’t want to miss out on them.
Second, there is a certain effect that education has on a person that is a bad side effect of regimentation. I am concerned about being stifled in terms of creativity. Lately, because of my writings outside of academia, I feel like I have been getting back in that creative space. I am grateful for the academic background that I have, but the time has come for me to apply what I have learned. I really don’t know if additional years in academic solitude would help me reach a new level of understanding. For better or worse, I have never been the type of person that starts something and doesn’t finish it. This is part of the reason I do not want to start a doctoral program. Besides, these degree programs at times can make you feel like you have everything to learn, but nothing to teach.
Third, to keep it all the way real, I don’t want to put myself any deeper in debt than absolutely necessary. I owe some change from grad school, and don’t see any point in piling it higher and deeper. (See what I just did there?) At the moment, there are so many disincentives in going through the doctoral program right now that it’s not even funny.
Now that I have let you know what I won’t do, I also want to bring y’all in on what I am doing. Just because I won’t be enrolled in a doctoral program in no way means I will be content with what I have accomplished thus far. If you want to know my answer to the “what now” well, you’re looking at it. I will continue blogging, using the knowledge that I have obtained to tackle more issues. Starting this blog was one of the best things I did in the past two years, because its like I have experienced a great re-awakening. So yes, you will see more book reviews, social commentary, political analysis, and all other good stuff that you come on here for. But, that’s not all. I intend on getting some of my ideas together, (some short stories,some articles) and publishing my first book. In August, I started Upstart Publishing and intend to push forward with that. I will look into getting some of my poetry published as well. Right now, I am putting together a team, and reaching out to interested people. I have already found my editor, but I will need people with different skills who want to assist me on this endeavor. If you want to be down, let me know something.
Ultimately, this is about taking it to the next level. It’s been a long apprenticeship, and now comes the show and prove. It’s time for me to get off the academic treadmill. #Nocareerstudent Thank you all for engaging me in convos on here and renewing my interest in writing for a wider audience . I know some of you will like what I have planned for 2011. Thanks for riding with me on this. I know where I’ve been, now I’m ready to go wherever my pen may take me. Peace.
Marc W. Polite
In Transition from Scholar to Aspiring Author
P.S. – I am not disparaging those in the doctoral program at all, but I ain’t trying to end up like this guy: *Note watch on Youtube, the embed don’t work