"When word spread through the department that the federal register was open, all of us filled out the paperwork to have our names put on the federal civil service register as plant physiologists and plant ecologists, without knowing what that accomplished."
"Basically, we don't quite understand NIH's position. We're going to go along with what our legal counsel has advised us. We're going to start paying FICA." - Joel Oppenheim, senior associate dean for biomedical sciences, New York University School of Medicine.
As I leave the familiar world of my doctorate program and return to the real world, I realize that I don’t need to go down the traditional path. I’ve realized that it's okay to take a less-traveled road.