How Did I End Up Here?

This post is self-serving, so don’t read it if you are looking for a travel tip or deal. But a student still progressing through my former graduate program operates a blog of her own called Branching Points. Liza’s focus is on non-academic career paths for those with a graduate education, something I’ve struggled with in the last couple years as I figure out what I’m going to do with my life.

What was particularly interesting about her interview request is that we’ve only briefly met, and she actually found my blog — originally — through a Google search looking for cheap travel. That’s the same way I stumbled across Flyertalk all those years ago, and it amuses me that we are so close yet don’t really know each other. I even chaired a student-run seminar series on non-academic careers!

For those who are interested, I answered her Q&A with the most detail to date about how I ended up as a blogger. Feel free to chime in here or there if you have more questions, and please contact Liza if you or someone you know has a graduate degree but pursued a less conventional occupation. I know she’s looking for more contributors all the time.

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  • Marcus

    It’s cool to read your back story. Was there a “Eureka!” or “Aha!” moment when you decided to start the blog? Maybe as a reaction to questions you got asked a lot?

    I’d be interested if there was a specific travel website or blogger(s) that inspired you to do this. Like a role model. I like origin stories.

    • Scottrick

      I was getting lots of questions on Milepoint. I looked into starting a blog, and it turned out to be incredibly simple to set up.

  • harvson3

    “I complain about first-world problems and fly around the world for free.”


    (It’s not specific to you. I like your blog. I do, however, roll my eyes at a lot of what passes for complaints/problems around these blogs/forums.)

    • Scottrick

      I can at least claim to have written more positive letters to airlines and hotels than I have negative ones.

  • W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian)

    You do good work here Scott…I hope it remains a fun hobby for a long time!