Twenty-One Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Do a PhD

It is a long list...

1. Why (go back to) study?

2. How should I study?

3. How do I prefer to learn?

4. What do I want to do after I complete my study?

5. Am I ready for other peoples’ reaction?

6. What will I need to change to make this work?

7. What must stay the same (in order for this to work)?

8. What am I not giving up (no matter what)?

9. What will I gain?

10. What’s my plan?

11. Am I ready to do the work?

12. What is success for me?

13. What happens when I lose motivation?

14. What happens if it is not what I expected?

15. What are the power dynamics between me, and my teachers?

16. What are the power dynamics between me, and my fellow students?

17. Full-time or part-time?

18. Do I need to quit my job?

19. Who/how will I pay?

20. What’s my entry plan?

21. What’s my exit plan?