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Much of my research life--the papers (there were so many), the books, the drafts--is now off to be melted down, or whatever they do at recycling plants, and made into new paper.
"Do I need to learn to rely on my own desires, the rest of the world be damned?"
In grad school, a certain amount of failure is inevitable.
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.
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.
We have to seek sources of comfort, our confidants, in other places.
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.
Recognize that your students are there to get a degree, first and foremost, but realize that they can contribute to your community.
Have aliens taken over my advisor's body and released him from emotional oblivion?
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.
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.
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.
You learn to eat the elephant one bite at a time and not try swallowing it whole.
The change from the dull delirium and insane drama that characterized my first year and half of graduate school has been welcome.
What a difference some data make.
Sometimes an adviser can be a littletoo attentive.
"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."
"I haven't given up, although I've thought about it."
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