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Chris Stephens

Oisín -

A wonderful account of your life thus far! Glad to hear you are thriving!

David O. Brink

What a lovely story about your life experiences, past and present! I'm sorry to hear you felt you needed to suppress your diverse background. I would hope that sentiment was unnecessary. In any case, I suspect many potential interlocutors would find your life story compelling and engaging and might even be envious. Glad to hear you are happy with where you are now and that you are bristling with ideas for your future.


Thanks for sharing this with us! You have lived a truly rich life.

Dharmik Shah

I just can't believe what I am reading. I am going through a similar phase in my life, with the addition of being in the orient, where leading such a life is too difficult. Your story is very inspiring, and is encouraging with to apply to philosophy programs in graduate school, without having to worry about my non-traditional background. Thanks very much !

Anna Svenbon

This is a lovely, heartwarming account! Unfortunately I find that Philosophy is not always so welcoming. I myself am a returning student trying to get into a phd program. Despite more experience, more degrees and better grades and language skills than 'the competition' I never even get called to interview for phd programs. I suspect it is my age. I have spent the last five years studying for three philosophy degrees only to find that I cannot seem to get further anywhere. It is heartbreaking as it all I really want to do now. I have already had several careers, just like you, and I would have thought that a diverse background could only be beneficial. After all, what good is a university with all the same cookie cutter people with the same backgrounds and experiences?


I sense from your description that you are in a Nordic country and trying to get into a PhD programme in a Nordic country. My experience is that there is real ageism in hiring for PhDs in Nordic countries. PhD positions are aimed in the first instance at young adults who have recently finished a Masters degree. They are meant to launch a person on a life-long career (if they can get one). But I think it will be very challenging of you do not fit that profile.

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