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Welcome To The Bitchery

Hey GT! You may (or may not) have noticed that I've been mostly absent for several weeks. I've been preparing for my preliminary exam for PhD candidacy- and today I passed!

The caveat is that my PhD advisor wants me to think about whether a PhD is what's ultimately right for me- it's become clear that I'm losing the passion I once had for research and as a consequence have been slow in developing independence as a scientist. On the other hand, I've independently applied for and received a grant to develop outreach activities for middle schoolers, and have independently designed a syllabus for a course I hope to teach next spring. It's clear I'm passionate about education. So he wants me to think about whether going through another 3 or 4 years to get a PhD when I feel lukewarm about research is really what's best for me compared to other options. Lots of soul-searching and option-considering to do.

But for now...celebrate with me! And tell me how you've all been doing lately! Any good news?

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