Originally Posted by laboitenoire
The more I think about it, the more I want to go ahead and get my PhD. My original plan was get my MS, go work in industry for a few years, and then get my PhD and go into academics. But I think getting it right away would be sweet. Plus then I could have doctor as my title
Although Materials Science PhD programs are insanely competitive! Case is already ranked in the top 30, so I'm probably gonna have to go big or go home.
On a camera note, sooooooooooooo pissed at Snapfish right now. I overnighted some 8x10s and some 4x6s for myself and as gifts for friends, and Fedex dented the envelope (delivered when I wasn't home, so I didn't notice it until after I opened the package). The 4x6s were fine, but the dent showed up on like five of the eight 8x10s I ordered, because they weren't sandwiched by two pieces of cardboard...
I had aspirations (and sometimes still do ironically) for a PhD myself. Academia is a tough road, so make sure that's what you want to do. Being a new PhD is rough; you must go to whatever school hires you and endure triennial job contracts (different for different schools) and if you appease your masters, one day in your grey hairs you may get tenure, provided that you have prolifically published.
That's how it is with my field anyhow (classics), might be less dog-eat-dog for yours. If I had the wherewithal, I would get a PhD just for the sake of getting it.