I got fancy

My problem was that I thought I was smart: I won piano competitions; I scored nineties in university; I majored in physics; I published academic papers; I got accepted into a direct-entry PhD program at the most prestigious university in Canada. I was inexperienced, a tad bit narcissistic and too proud. So when life got … Continue reading I got fancy

Act as you would expect of someone else

Think about your own situation as though it were that of someone else. What advice would you give to someone in your shoes? Are you following it? Is it worth following? Why feel so bad for yourself if you wouldn't feel so bad for someone else? Why feel so proud of yourself if you wouldn’t … Continue reading Act as you would expect of someone else

I failed my qualifying exam

My exam was scheduled for twelve noon. I remember first stopping by my girlfriend’s apartment before then going to my windowless basement lab to run through the presentation one last time. I was unshaven and dressed like a typical PhD student: dirty sneakers, blue jeans and a wrinkled t-shirt. Ultimately, the effort I had put … Continue reading I failed my qualifying exam