Sunday, October 29, 2006

Too much choice, maybe?

Is having too many options a good thing?

I have recently tried to figure out what I want to do with my life after the PhD. First comes the big question: Go back to Greece or stay to the UK or even go to Japan?

It is difficult, really. Of course, I'm not the one facing the same problem. Almost everyone I know is kind of thinking in a similar manner. Then, the second option pops up. Stay in academia? Work in an engineering firm? Work in a financial firm?

The decision of the first question negates some (if not most) of the options in the second one.

So, which one? I'm telling you; it's not easy to decide. All options have their own charm.

I went to a McKinsey & Company presentation the other day and I really liked it. But I'm not sure if I can do this line of work.

I shouldn't be ungrateful though. I am really lucky to have done the things I've done and there are so many people that are not given a choice at all. It kind of reminds me of a recent debate in UK politics on the subject of "too much choice"...

I don't know, honestly. And I have to decide. Soon.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Norwegian Wood

There are times when something comes, a film, a record, a book that just changes one's landscape. Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood is such a book.

It might be a love story, but an amazingly written one and so moving that I cannot really describe this bittersweet feeling right now. I can't remember the last time I finished a book at 5am in the morning. I don't read nearly as many books I would have liked to, but I am truly moved by this one. A shockingly honest look to human relationships and possibly one of the sexiest books I will ever read.

I really would like spending some time thinking about this masterpiece.

But it's late, and I have to go to sleep. And I don't want to...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

What an honour...

Apparently, I'm in the 9th best university in the world...

hooray... :P