Then what?

It’s often about asking then what? If this, then what?  If you get the paperwork and it says this, then what? If it says that, then what? If it says this AND that, then what? If is says neither this NOR that, then what? The problem occurs when the answer to then what? is an assumption. In which … Continue reading Then what?

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