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!'"