Almost two weeks of classes are over at my fine institution, and I find myself thinking about how hard it is to make a diamond, that is, a physicist. Look at the side by side comparison of the most famous diamond and the most famous physicist:
and you can tell both of these famous things took time and high pressure to produce. See how they sparkle in the light! I want to shteal both of them and squirrel them away in a knapsack.
Today's diamond=physicist needs mentors of all kinds to provide that necessary pressure. Professors. Peers. Parents. Want to work alone? Go ahead, but be sure to check your work by handing it to some human somewhere. And you don't want to believe me, I know you don't, but even this famous guy says mentoring is where it is at and you can't ignore someone who gets paid just to have an opinion.