Graduate Research & Practicality

I often hear people say they want to do graduate research that is practical and easily relatable to the common person — not the case with most textual criticism focused dissertations. Today’s episode of Here & Now was encouraging to me, however, and I hope it is for the rest of you working on the often “irrelevant” minutiae of language or textual study.
The Surprising Outcomes of Nobel Prize-Winning Discoveries” highlights how it sometimes takes decades for the practical payoff of Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to be realized. You won’t win a Nobel Prize for your textual criticism project, but you never know how your work might suddenly become relevant to the person in the pew.