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1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?
Second, I am eternally trying to better understand myself, and the world around me. While The Bible helps me to a great extent, there are some things that I feel are better solved through temporal analyses, e.g. depression, hope, sadness, love. While all of these topics are touched upon in the Bible, I feel in some areas, approaching life’s problems from a more temporal point of view (coupled with the advice I get from the Bible) helps me twice as much.
Finally, it’s cool to say you’ve reached ‘the top of your game’, and well, there’s nothing higher than a PhD in the world of education!
Oh, one more thing: I do admit that pursuing a PhD did allow me to defer paying back my student loans, but that wasn’t really a reason for pursuing the PhD as much as a ‘benefit’. Do people really get PhDs just to avoid paying back student loans? I hope not!
2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?
Ironically, after I had graduated college in 1999 with a BA degree, I vowed I would never go back to school. Yet, there I was, about 12 years later, with a law degree, an MBA, a masters in entrepreneurship, and now… enrolled as a PhD student. Never say never!
3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
The one think to be aware of is the cost. I’m currently in a federal loan forgiveness program that will help ease the burden of all my student loans if I am able to complete the required number of years, but getting enrolled and figuring out how that all worked was a lot of work. I am honestly shocked with how I was able to amass so many student loans (and in such great amounts). In fact, I am quite upset that such debt was even permitted in the first place. Did I end up with quite a collection of degrees, and am I really proud of my accomplishments? Absolutely. However, it’s a real shame that these schools (I’m not picking on Capella—I’m talking about virtually all schools of higher education) overcharge so much and that the federal government encourages this tuition price inflation–but that’s another story.
Next, do not discount online schools, and do not assume that you can only secure a good education in a brick and mortar institution. I am proof positive that this is not the case. Don’t let anyone convince you that online schools are not real schools. True, there are some sketchy online schools out there, but… the same can be said of many brick and mortar schools as well. Stay away from the schools whose primary mission is really to just make a profit. These schools tend to focus first on keeping students, and on academic rigor second. How to identify these schools? You will probably have to talk to current or former students, as all school purport to have a mission of academic integrity, but many (and I speak as someone who used to teach at such schools,, and I refer to all higher education schools from undergrad to post grad) honestly do not care about education as much as they do profit. It’s sickening.
Finally, make sure that you are ready for a rigorous number of years. It’s going take probably anywhere from 3 – 6 years to complete your doctorate. Is it worth it in the end? Just ask… DR. MANN! Ha ha ha.
6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.
- Capella University. www.Capella.edu My alma mater, and I recommend their PhD programs 100%
- Find a PhD. https://www.findaphd.com/advice/finding/finding-the-right-phd.aspx I didn’t use the website on my search but I found it recently and for anyone who is interested in pursuing a PhD program, this may help.
- Check out the Break Diving Doctorate Handbook.
Resource 1: Break Diving - Come and talk with my about PhDs on Break Diving.
Resource 2: Capella University - Has many PhD programs online.
Resource 3: Find a PhD - A useful blog post.
Resource 4: Break Diving PhD Handbook - Learn how to get a PhD.
7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).
I did consider these programs for a brief period, but in the end, didn’t even apply because I was doing way too much otherwise back in 2011: studying for and taking the NY bar exam; continuing to edit my feature film “You Can’t Kill Stephen King”; working on a new book; etc. I was also starting (or soon starting) my job as a public defender felony attorney at Westchester County Legal Aid. I had no time to be a full time in-classroom student again.
So what to do? I started looking for online programs. Most of the traditional schools at the time had no online programs. I ended up finding UoPhoenix, Walden, and Capella. I ended up choosing Capella based on the program structure presented.
I couldn’t have made a better choice. Doing the PhD online allowed me to conduct my studies while also: a) working as a beach lifeguard, b) working as a lawyer, c) traveling the world, and d) even moving to China for a year. Couldn’t have done that in a traditional classroom setting!
8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?
9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?
10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Monroe Mann is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Scholar - Doctorate - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
Certificate number: 52
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