I thought I would share some thoughts on what graduate school in science is really like. I’m nearing the completion of my thesis in molecular biology and feel the need to pass along the little bits of wisdom I’ve gleaned along the way. Now understand, science is a cruel mistress. Seriously.
Much of what I say may sound negative and even downright depressing, and that’s because it is. If you are a nascent graduate student, please take my words with a grain of salt. I love what I do and wouldn’t change my path or the choices I’ve made despite the challenges. Research is really fun and has a strange addictive quality that keeps you slogging through the sometimes long droughts of struggle and negative data. It is a unique career for unique individuals.
I hope that the things I share can make your road easier, and lessen the inherent struggle that is known as graduate school.
Each nugget will follow in its own post.