The Peter Pan Syndrome in Academia
When you are on a PhD Program where you take PhD level courses and teaching undergraduate level courses, there is an interesting phenomenon that happens that I could easily compare to Peter Pan Syndrome.
Teaching an intro level course reminds you of all the reasons that made you fall in love with your field of studies to start with, and even better, they make more sense than ever before. New connections seem to pop up every day, and it is just so pleasant.
So you go home, to study, and things are hard. As a matter of fact, they are harder than ever before. Theorems and proofs, and abstraction just seems to take the fun out of the things you love, make them more complicated, less tangible, harder to see the bottom line. It is easy to miss the old days, when principles and intuition could take you a long way.
As I teach, I envy my students….
I remind myself of a Peter Pan quote:
“Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting”
I feel like my heart doesn’t want to say goodbye to Principles of Microeconomics, cause I might just say goodbye and forget the reason why I love Economics in the midst of Math.