America's place in the scientific universe is different, as is the way science and scientists are perceived by the society we work within.
Criticism is hard to take, even if it's constructive.
I have a fear of screwing up my future that makes me crave more constructive feedback from my adviser than he tends to give.
It pays to keep in touch with people, especially if they seem genuinely interested in your success.
As Dwight Eisenhower once said, "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." The same may be said for careers.
To choose a career path without first examining all the options--in detail--would be to sell myself short. I intend to be as mindful as possible about the steps I take once I leave graduate school.
Often, an interesting thing happens just before the presentation: knowing you're well prepared, the anxiety melts away and you start to look forward to it.
There may be times in our lives when we should fight to the death for our ideas. The thesis defense is not one of those times.
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