Two years and 6 months of pure torture. And then, I did it. I quit my PhD program. I said "bitch, bye" to my unprofessional academic advisor, not in those exact terms though. I have stood through accusations and mistreatments in that muck, hoping my life would see the light at the end of the … Continue reading No, I didn’t want to do a PhD!
You worked hard all your life and you get into a PhD program. You feel like the king of the world. But fret not, graduate school will quickly put you in your place. As a graduate student, you are at rock bottom of the rock bottom in the pecking order. Its a bonded manual labor … Continue reading If I have a dollar for everytime I say sorry…
Today morning 11am: Me: My plates look good. *happy giggle* Boss: All I know is that I started working at 8.20 am for your cloning while you were snug in bed Nasty, harsh, petty....this is what a PhD student deals with. But it didn't break my spirit today. Normally, it would have! Its a small … Continue reading Pettiness is in everybody
Being a researcher is about working at your project, chipping it away one tiny piece at a time, talking about your day to day activities and the failures. Every week, one research group meeting. Let's say the group meeting is on Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm. So, my week would start from Wednesday … Continue reading We make our own luck, willpower and other observations
My conversation with my boss this afternoon. [A little bit of background. She took off for the weekend and came to work late Monday morning. Didn't find me in the lab or the promised samples. After a few angry texts and my useless apologies, we called it a night] Boss: So you are telling me … Continue reading Persistence is overrated
I have met people that believed talent and/or hard work, attitude, dedication, determination, perseverance etc etc. would decide if you succeed or not. Clearly, they haven't met a second year PhD student who's slogging away in her lab in some corner of the world. That student being me. I did get a little taste of … Continue reading This little thing called Luck