Academia is an agent of change,
shifting the course of individuals, knowledge, policy, practice, and possibility.
Those who are trained by and thrive within this environment
tend to be highly adaptable and self-motivated, surviving
and often succeeding when thrown into the deep end.
Figuring things out on one’s own has its limits, however.
Individuals develop idiosyncratic methods that may not translate well as new challenges appear. A stance strongly oriented toward achievement via independence can be difficult to coordinate with others. And the pace and magnitude of an academic career can leave too many tasks under-attended, resulting in gaps and blocks in the mechanisms of academe.