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Tall Chai Latte's blog



I feel my PhD has been a waste

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 19 April 2014 · 5,015 views

I'm not sure what's got hold of me lately. I feel my PhD has been a waste.

I'm close to the end of my fourth year. By September, it will be my fifth year in the program. When I started in the lab, I was assigned four different projects, all were outside of the lab's expertise (and of course I wouldn't have expertise either). I didn't really think much of...


Let's do it!

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 05 April 2014 · 883 views

It's the season to come down with a cold. Meh, pay back time from my body...

Things in the lab are as sluggish as ever. I wonder when is anything going to pick up the pace? I have yet to become efficient, surprises this place throw at me constantly put me outside of my comfort zone. It's annoying to often slow down and figure things out.

My boss sudden...


Conflict

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 25 March 2014 · 1,371 views

We arrived at another Monday. Before it leaves us, I would like to take a moment to reflect what happened today.

Today started out as a fairly typical day. I ran into my boss in the hallway and asking her whether an individual meeting was scheduled as usual. She replied yes, so I showed up at her office. The meeting came down as we were not on the same...


4th year

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 17 March 2014 · 1,803 views

It's been a while since I blogged on the gradcafe. Last time I blogged, I was in the midst of the never-ending rotation streak, and it felt like I would never manage to land anywhere in the program. My program is an umbrella program, I rotated through FOUR DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS! Well, I did find a lab home to stay, passed my prelim and became a candidate,...


Back for an entry

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 20 November 2011 · 938 views

Hello GradCafe,In this somewhat chilly afternoon, I am trying to produce some progress before I head home for thanksgiving. I haven't visited this site (and the blog) for a while, it's a good time to take a moment and write something.After my journey with numerous rotations (let's say, more than 3, to remain anonymous on the internet), I settl...


Finally committed.... I guess?

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 21 April 2011 · 655 views

First year of grad school is almost over. Although I don't like the class I'm taking (ugh what a passive aggressive prof... whatev just let me pass), things are alright. Comparing to the first semester, It seems we are more on track. Rotation project accomplished, boss man has no complaints, looks like we are good for the next 3-4 years (I hope)....


Another dilemma

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 30 March 2011 · 325 views

So I'm writing once again to vent. One more month until the end of this semester, our program already sent out information regarding declare a thesis lab and a home department.Things did improve a lot compared to the last semester, which I'm glad. While fully engaged into science, what's lacking this time is the human interaction. A brand new...


First semester blues

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 12 December 2010 · 363 views

The first semester as a grad student has come and gone. Seeing another round of application season coming upon us just made me realize how fast time flies, I was just in these applicants' shoes last year!Honestly, I didn't like my experience this semester at all. I followed the recommendation of our program director to sign up for 3 courses, w...


Slowing down

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 12 October 2010 · 274 views

10/7 marks the first month of my grad school career. Over the past month, I saw a lot of things and experienced a lot of things. One of those is speed in research progress. My fellow scientists on this forum probably understand well that research is never a speedy process. Rather, it's an iterative process of observation, hypothesis, trial and error....


Uh... ok

Posted by Tall Chai Latte, 25 September 2010 · 229 views

So school has started for two weeks. Settled into my apt, getting familiar with bus routine, talked to perspective rotation mentor... ok, sounds like we are moving along. This is my first rotation. First day in the new lab, I was asked to do a 5 minute presentation on what my project will be, given short notice. Within the following four days, I found tha...






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