It's true for many of us, especially those of us who are first-generation graduate students, that what we do at "school" is foreign to a lot of our friends and family.
"Alas, I have found that this process has given me new vigor about my work and the work I am proposing to do."
"I'm learning to live gracefully with the frustrations of research: being grateful for when something works and not taking it personally when it doesn't."
"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."
"I dont have time for hostile relationships, especially with my adviser."
"At first, I didnt tell anyone. I faked the funk. I didnt want their pity. I didnt want them saying, 'well Im so sorry,' while thinking, 'glad it wasnt me.'"
"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."
Im not sure that a lot of my professors enjoy teaching. Im not sure any of them were taught to teach. For some, it seems to be an absolute pain.
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.
The funny thing is, there seems to be a myriad of attitudes around me about this wretched exam.
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