Anant Sahai

Anant Sahai is a Professor

Anants rating: A terrific 5/5

Being a Prof is an incredibly rewarding experience on so many levels. First, there is an element of moral unambiguity to it --- you absolutely know that you are doing work that is good. Educating students, discovering new things about the world, giving lectures and writing about your discoveries, mentoring students: these aren't activities that one associates with shades of gray. They are clearly on the side of the angels.

Second, there are the close relationships with students. The dominant emotional current associated with the Prof/Student relationship is love. Even if it sometimes doesn't feel that way, Profs care about our students deeply. We want them to do well. We want them to shine. We are proud when they do and disappointed when they don't. And we want to awaken in their minds the love of the subject and the passion for discovery. The fact that you're always working with enthusiastic and vibrant young people doesn't hurt either!

Which brings us to the third big reason why being a Prof. is just awesome: the thrill of discovery. Faculty life is about research. And research is about deepening our understanding. It is hard to describe just how good it feels to learn something new and then to share it with others. Everytime someone else understands it, we get to relive an echo of the original thrill through their eyes. There is nothing quite like it in this world.

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Anant is a Mastermind

Masterminds are diverse in their ability to take on the role of leader but also be alone with their thoughts. They are intellectuals that like working with ideas, but their entrepreneurial nature allows them to persuade people to jump on board and work with them. They are self-assertive, confident, and enjoy discussing problems in depth to find practical solutions.

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