In every social structure, you have peers and mentors and initiates.

I appreciate the advice. Well, with regards to scoffing, I scoff at professionals and amateurs in about equal number, as I have yet to find any strata immune from the absurd.

The formulas for scholarly writing are not difficult, as they are algebraic in nature. But as algebra is with numbers, the formulas need continual practice to be mastered.

Of course it’s not a mere plug and play either. There is a cadence and rhythm to academic writing that’s unique to the genre and an depersonalization from what I remember.

Beyond that, I’ve noticed a body of knowledge that goes far beyond the style, once mastered; a ‘sieve’ for discernment or, a meat-grinder for the unprepared.

Still, is it a world I wish to join?

In every social structure, you have peers and mentors and initiates. Before entering any social structure, I need to learn about my peers and mentors and what will be expected of me in my relationship to initiates when such time comes that I am at that level.

While the “me” factor is important, I ask with any new relationship, whether personal or business and, by extension, academic: Who shall I be serving? What are their expectations? Am I suitable?

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