Bringing this back in response to the reveal of a certain assistant…
Awkward Zombie © Katie Tiedrich!
// No but I don’t think you understand, of all the “prodigies” we have seen so far this is BY FAR the most ridiculous. Let’s say she’s freaking amazing and more efficient and lucky and smarter than most grad students. She might get her PhD done in four years. Maybe. But even if we go with this less than likely outcome, that means she was FOUR YEARS OLD when she ENTERED GRADUATE SCHOOL.
Let’s stretch logic a bit farther. let’s say, for some strange reason, she as able to skip PreK-Senior Year in college. Let’s say she didn’t even have to take graduate classes, or perhaps complicated the needed tests and such in her first five years of life. Let’s say she is a research goddess. That’s still AT LEAST 3 years to research and write and publish and defend a thesis paper. Which means she started writing her thesis at the age of 5. Most children are just learning how to READ at the age of 5.
// ok but I’d like to point out that this game is set in the Meiji era which is roughly 1868-1912 right
so I’m going to hazard a guess that the schooling system was very different back then and that all of the graduate school stuff was pretty much not developed like this.
I don’t mean to come off as a jerk or anything I mean I was a little skeptical when it said that Iris has a PH.D so I did a little digging around and I found some pretty interesting stuff
In his book “Everyday Life in the 1800s” Marc McCutcheon states:
"By 1800, most medical students were learning the doctoring "trade" through the apprentice system. That is, young men fifteen years of age or older were moving in and living with established physicians and trading labor for education. The arrangement lasted anywhere from two to six years, with some students then continuing on to a formal medical school (five were in operation by 1810) for at least two to four more years of education and a degree. However, the majority of physicians at the beginning of the century opened their practices without benefit of a degree."
Young men 15 years of age were practicing to be doctors and it was common back then, apparently. Granted, this still leaves a little of the “ok she’s way too young” doubt but at least it’s still a little more relief to the “OH MY GOD she skipped all of the schooling!” Med school took only a year to four years back then
The University of Pennsylvania’s website stated that in 1852 (little before the Meiji era), the minimum age to apply for college was 14. They had a bunch of tests to pass but that’s still quite young compared to today’s average age. Heck, there have been stories of ten year olds going to college. Check out this list of the youngest people to go to college!
Here’s a list also of the youngest to ever go to medical school and get their degrees. Note that the #1 slot is filled by someone who was born in the 1800’s. He was awarded a Ph.D at the age of 13.
So relatively it doesn’t seem like too much of a longshot if this was the given average of the era. Things were pretty different back then and people were doing things a LOT earlier than they are now (from fear of disease and that the average life expectancy was way lower [ you weren’t really expected to make it past your 50’s then]
Also again, the education system was very different from what we have today (dare I say it was a bit more medieval?) so in retrospect it might have been a bit…simpler (??) to achieve said Ph.D
AND SHE’S A GENIUS so we can give her that. A prodigy, yes, but not too different from the AA prodigies we’ve seen, I’m guessing!