I recently got accepted into a PhD program at the University of Oxford after passing many admission stages including a very rigorous interview.
I've always been a good academic, and I do have a promising startup making around 10,000$ a month. I've got funding for my PhD as well; money is not the problem.
However, after thinking a lot of about it, I hate academia, and I do never want to be a researcher. I do not want to be a tenured professor or be in an academic environment in any way, nor I want to make future publications.
If I go for a PhD, I do know what I am signing up for; I searched for months on what a PhD sounds like. The countless hours of work, the supervision, the isolation, thesis work, wanting to quit and everything else.
I am passionate about my PhD topic, and I think I can contribute to that field using projects and research.
If I go there, it would be something I am deeply passionate about. Furthermore, the main reason why I want to go there is that it is 'Oxford' and I get a permanent legacy being an Oxbridge graduate, as well as holding a doctorate degree for the rest of my life.
My parents are supportive and aren't pushing me to do it. They told me to do what I want.
Academia took over my life since I was 18 and wasting another 4-years for that means I finish 27 where most of my 20s would be wasted for academia.
I've asked my academic advisor, and he told me rejecting an offer from Oxford might be a mistake I would regret for the rest of my life.
Should I go for PhD in Oxford or not? I have a non-ending dilemma.