What’s it like to get a doctoral degree? Or, to be more precise, what’s it like to try to get a doctoral degree? Mianzhi Wang, a graduate of a doctoral program in electrical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, created a text-base simulation game that shows you. Make good choices, but be aware that your time and money are finite resources that must be used prudently.
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It is not a Kobayashi Maru game, which was my expectation. You can definitely win and I did so on my first try.
The game is designed to reflect the norms of STEM fields. It would be interesting to try a similar game for the humanities, which would, of course, end in poverty even if successful.
-via Book of Joe