I have spent more than half my life living with an engineer. Rather predictable as stories go, it began in the 70’s when I was a young, female engineering student at Queens University. We met. We married. But we are very different people and had I stayed in engineering I would have become a very different sort of engineer.
There are different ways to approach scholarship. The conventional way is a program of study within the academy starting with a canon of works, which has been deemed to ground a student in the basics of their chosen field. For a degree in English Literature for example, it is necessary to tick off certain required boxes before most Universities will grant you a degree.