There are many distractions in the education field--objectives that lead to nowhere or even worse to places one doesn't want to go.
It's essential that you steer clear of those distractions as you navigate the education road. Knowing your objectives, allies, and needs will help you to right the road in ways that matter.
As for the distraction. Those that you have some authority over, you can reduce or eliminate. As for those that are out of your realm, you can speak up if possible and almost always steer clear of those obstacles in the road to good work. Onward.