I was reminded of myself just a few years ago, grappling with these same questions and wondering what was waiting for me the next fall.
For those of you still on the conference warpath, good luck! For those of you still hidden in the lab, I hope you'll get out and see the sun soon. As for me, I'll be hunkered down in the lab; my travels for the year have ended.
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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