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Wrapped up the MSc. Geology thesis on medical geology late 2005, tried to stick to the subject for a follow up, decided after a few fruitless months later it was not for me and reverted back to my interests that bloomed during my Master: Structural Geology. Which brought me to my current PhD research on the Witwatersrand Basin in South Africa, almost six months counting and am very confused.

by Nomad on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:04:17 AM EST
Are you confused because of the geology, because of the move to South Africa, or because of other reasons?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:10:58 AM EST
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I was referring specifically about my PhD, which is 1) the geology 2) the literature on that geology and 3) what is expected of me as a PhD student.

I am also continuously confused, as part of my natural state of being.

And lastly the move to SA has challenged me on a personal level to a degree I find sincerely frightening. It is making me 1) re-assess my personal values, 2) stake out precisely my own moral values and where I want and need to stand, 3) question the very worth of this bloody PhD and coupled to that 4) develop an acute humanitarian interest.

by Nomad on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:32:35 AM EST
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Oh, yes. The transition between being a student and being a researcher. Good luck with that. It's as hard as becoming an adult.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:43:19 AM EST
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Becoming an adult took me ten years. At minimum. And sometimes I wonder...
by Nomad on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:50:18 AM EST
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Oh, you're done with that already?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:51:05 AM EST
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Probably began when I was, oh, nineteen years old. I'm twenty-nine now. Go figure.

Or, in the words of my girlfriend (yesterday): "Why can't you ever behave normal?!?"

by Nomad on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 08:03:00 AM EST
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I probably began at 25 and am not done yet.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 08:04:01 AM EST
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I tried being normal once.  It was extremely boring.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 at 01:10:23 AM EST
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I'm 54 and beginning to circle adulthood warily sniffing it with my hackles up.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 02:22:10 PM EST
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Watch it carefully, it can bite you in the ass.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 03:10:40 PM EST
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That's a lot to go through all at once, Nomad.  It won't be easy, but you will feel good about yourself!

Take it slowly.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 05:13:10 PM EST
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He's six months in. Of course he's confused.

I believe denial, anger and despair are the next scheduled phases.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:37:15 AM EST
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Followed by acceptance?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:46:12 AM EST
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Or apathy.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:47:51 AM EST
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And a PostDoc at the ET Conference Centre.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 07:48:54 AM EST
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