Quote Originally Posted by Jim Chinn
One thing to keep in mind when persuing an MFA and PHD is that you basically have to tow the party line and kiss a lot of ass to get through the process easily. Most professors have their own ideas and theories about your chossen profession and they are going to try to get you to adapt their views. You will have to play along to achieve your goals, especially when dealing with thesis advisors or committees.
See the movie "Getting Straight" with Eliot Gould, 1970. The thesis defense scene is priceless, and Gould's "chalice" line was oft repeated by a friend of mine in grad school.