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Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Associate Dean's Message - November 19, 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018
Each journey to the PhD is very individualized, but take time to learn about the perspectives that others have shared.
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Dear Sackler Community,

One aspect of my role as Associate Dean is to support students to achieve success, both professionally as students and scientists as well as personally. Success is different for each student and I believe Sackler, as a small, caring community, works hard at achieve these goals. However, it is always important to look outside our immediate community to see what others are saying and doing regarding the graduate student journey. I do this through reading many journals and articles. A few articles that have touched on this topic may be of interest.

While everyone’s journey is different, it is always eye-opening to hear from a different perspective. Coming to Terms with Six Years in Science: Obsession, Isolation, and Moments of Wonder is an opinion piece written by a recent MIT PhD who reflects on his journey. This article resulted in a number of responses. Looking at the journey from the beginning, this article in Nature relates Twenty Things I Wish I’d Known when I Started my PhD. Finally, deciding on where you PhD journey will take you is an important consideration. I think the article Why it is not a ‘Failure’ to Leave Academia will resonate with many of our students.

If you have any articles that you think would be valuable for the community, please let me know.

Daniel Volchok, Associate Dean