September 2013
 

Jack of a few trades, Master of Science


Akshat Sharma writes: "Allow me to set the scene: A few months ago, I was at a big-deal school interviewing for a Ph.D. position with one of the asthma research gods of our time. As I waited for him to arrive, I struck up a conversation with another candidate. As we exchanged phatic nothings, I revealed that I was getting an M.S. in an immunology lab in the Midwest. The candidate scoffed, 'Well, isn’t that just a waste of time? I’m a senior right now, and I applied directly!'"

 

Derailed, deterred, got over it


In the second to last installment of our “Derailed but Undeterred” essay series, H. Jane Dyson writes about the expectations she faced when starting her career, the disappointments that made her question her path and the decisions that sealed her fate.

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