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With all of the personalities and projects out there, the quest for a perfect fit is much like a search for the perfect pair of jeans.
I decided I wanted to work on something else and, all of a sudden, [my adviser's] interest in me dried up, as did funding for a research assistantship; I've been TA-ing ever since.
Unfortunately many of us get tripped up in the hurdles, because we lack preparation, confidence, test-taking ability, motivation ... not necessarily because we don't have potential as scientists.
"Do I need to learn to rely on my own desires, the rest of the world be damned?"
I won't be confined by other people's notions of who I am and what I should do. I'm starting to feel free.
I've found motivation, desperation, and rage to comfort me in my later years.
If I'm a competitive student, with a very good record and lots of promise, my decision on what grad school to attend will probably depend on pay, faculty, and facilities. In that order.
Peering in from the outside, the research lab I visited for about a month provided a completely different research experience than what I was used to in the United States.
In grad school, a certain amount of failure is inevitable.
"I haven't given up, although I've thought about it."
We have to seek sources of comfort, our confidants, in other places.
"Now, a year later, its amazing how little those events have affected my daily life. I often feel removed from everything going on around me."
Fall semester was rough. Not always because the demands of those five classes got me down--but mostly because my social life SUCKS.
Recognize that your students are there to get a degree, first and foremost, but realize that they can contribute to your community.
"This is probably why I won't be going into hardcore academia; I value my time, my family, and my friends far too much to be ruled by my job."
Have aliens taken over my advisor's body and released him from emotional oblivion?
Thereis a body of research out there that would make me want to get up in the morning, thrilled to be alive. I'm just not working on it.
After more than 6 years of monthly columns and postgraduate research, Micella Phoenix DeWhyse celebrates her Independence Day--and we're sad.
"Integrity and honesty are the foundations upon which scientific inquiry and discovery are built. Trust allows us to believe what others have done and to use the results of others to drive our own research."
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