Please Take Your Time: A Research Perspective
As a PhD student midway through my candidature, I distinctly recall my supervisor telling me to take my time and read as widely as I could, because from this point forward, my life would only become busier. He explained that soon I would no longer have the luxury of time to indulge my learning in the same way that was currently possible. I can’t recall how I responded but remember shaking my head as I walked away thinking that I was already really busy! Fast forward 20 years and I now find myself giving the exact same advice to my own students. I am sure they don’t entirely believe my words, as I didn’t when the same advice was given to me, but I persist anyway for a number of reasons, which I expand upon below.