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9/20/10 6:56 A

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Sorry to hear you have been having problems with what sounds like a very bad program. I hope the new program is challenging,fun,and lets you graduate quickly!

Good luck with your weight loss goals!


Yet there was a man within me
Could have risen to the clouds,
Could have touched these winds,
Bent and broken them down,
Could have stood up sharply in the sky.
--Wallace Stevens

 Pounds lost: 79.6 
9/19/10 6:00 P

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hey all. i joined a PhD program three years ago, because i had this crazy idea that i loved science and i was an "exception" to all the old adages. i was certain that i was going to be a brilliant grad student, publish a mountain of papers published in prestigious journals, obtain significant amounts of grant funding, and in short, take over the world. by the time i was 30.

i started in organic chemistry, but left the lab when my PI had me do nothing but undergrad-level work on research that had already been published. so i moved over to immunology and infectious disease, and really hit my stride on an awesome project that i absolutely loved. i spent a year and a half there when i was starting to receive death threats from a post-doc in the lab. he broke into my house, hacked my email account multiple times, and attempted to physically assault me. when i went to my PI about it, my PI said i probably deserved it. the department head felt the same way.

so i switched labs in january, and about a month ago realized that i wanted to ultimately get out of science and go to law school (patent law) for a variety of reasons. my new PI was kosher with it all, and told me i'd be graduating this spring.

but then she sat me down this past monday and told me that it would be YEARS before i would get my master's degree from her lab, so i should really just "drop out and get a job". the idea of which makes me livid!

so now, three years into my degree, i'm switching labs. again. and departments. i'm moving to a department where there is a course-based master's, so there are clear milestones and timelines for graduation. so it pushed back law school a year - it's not the end of the world. besides, i need to have something to show for the four years of my life spent in hell!

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