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  1. success has a lot more to do with one's emotional intelligence than anything else. an investment banker can be the best math geek out of mit, but he/she's going to hit a ceiling eventually, limiting constraint being the ability to deal with people's emotions, understanding the self, what motivates the self, what motivates others, etc. the CEO doesn't make 270x more than the average employee because he/she has 270x more computing power. These positions are obtained through social interactions. as you may have heard repeatedly, and likely will continue to hear in the future (a lot), it's less about what you know or what you say, but more about who you know and how you say it.
  2. ever feel like you're wasting away your youth?

    I appreciate the feedback guys. I agree it's good to have a support group. I'm not particularly close with my cohort (we're co-workers/teammates, but I wouldn't consider them close friends or anything), but I do have other grad students in other labs/departments that I can see myself being buddies with. #3 really resonates with me. I feel like the expectation of grad school is for me to dedicate nearly all of my time and effort to it. but I see it differently. Sure, I'll put in my 40-50 hours (that's about my sweet spot too), but I also want to grow in other areas. For one, I've been in the real world, and developing a social circle outside school is an uphill battle. In that regard, being in grad school, having access to all these activities is actually a HUGE perk. In college, I missed out on a lot of opportunities to socialize and network. Now that I have all these resources once again at my disposal, I'm going to use it. It's not going to be my top focus, but I'll definitely try to be more opportunistic about it this time, compared to my last go around.
  3. I'm sure some of you are in the same boat. I'm in my mid 20s, in a phd program, doing research with batteries. I'd say I'm good at what I do, and could argue that I could be excellent if I put forth more effort. But since starting out, I've become more jaded by the not so glamorous aspects of my field, the uncertainty that comes with what comes after the PhD, but most of all, the opportunity cost of what I could be doing with my time. I see other people my age with good jobs, starting to settle down with families, traveling the world, getting a vast amount of life experiences. It's really made me rethink about what success really means. Do I want to become a workaholic and get stuck in this routine for the next 4 years, or do I want to cross off some bucket list items, and be able to reflect upon my experience and say "yea, I've lived, my life was good." Sometimes, when I come in to the office, I'd find myself thinking about the places I could be, things I could be doing, like improving my dating life (which I'm working on almost daily), doing a motorcycle trip across south america, back packing across europe with my close friends, meeting new people, doing crazy, epic things that I'd have never thought existed. You ever tell yourself you'd do something, but not now, because of life circumstances, and you'll do it some time later, only to realize that you never do, because life just keeps throwing shit on top of your priorities? that's what I'm afraid of. I'm sure it's possible to have a balance somehow. Curious to know what others think about this dilemma.
  4. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I'm supposed to be meeting this really hot girl, but she keeps flaking because of her tight schedule of trying to find a place to live.. she did propose that we meed next week though. I'm usually not this patient..
  5. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    i haven't yet checked myself. I just got the email from one of the admin people about it . But judging from the direction everything is going in DC, I wouldn't be surprised if this stuff starts to disappear....
  6. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    yea no kidding
  7. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    I notice there isn't one of these around yet for the upcoming cycle. I thought I'd start one, considering application just opened a few days ago, and they've made some changes, like going from 2000 awards to 1000 awards. I can only assume that this means they'll cut down the number of awards from the undergrads, 1st years, and 2nd years alike. I'm a 2nd year applying, trying to get my first author in December. Otherwise, this is pretty much a wash for me I think. 3.5 UG GPA 3.8 Grad GPA Chemistry: battery electrode materials
  8. what's your career aspiration?

    thanks for your responses rakeruk and adelaide. I think my ideal situation is similar to yours, in that I don't want to work for a living. my adviser on the other hand, works for a living.. we're talking 60-80 hour weeks. He's here on the weekends, for like 11 hours/day, etc. I feel like that's the case with a lot of these companies, especially in downstream manufacturing. You either edge out your competitor, or you get out competed. Right now, it's in my best interest to work my ass off, because in order to qualify for these interesting research jobs, and not be a glorified technician at some big semiconductor manufacturer. Right now, I can envision two scenarios. I work hard, in order to qualify for a chill job that I actually like, and allow me to have the balanced lifestyle that we all want as human beings, and I get to take 2 months off to ride my motorcycle to buenos aires (ideal scenario). OR. I work hard right now, and a few years down the road, I'm a workaholic with no life, because either I focus all my effort on the mission, or give my position up to the next guy who's more ambitious and motivated than I am, and I end up working as a glorified technician, because that's how competitive the job market is. Realistically, the outcome is probably somewhere in between, and I know a couple of references who are actually in my field that I should be able to reach out to. But I also want to get a reading on what it might be like for others
  9. right now, I'm kind of conflicted between two opposite sides of a spectrum. on one hand, I want to work hard, put in my hours, develop my skills, and get ready for a competitive job market in a competitive industry, and work my way into an impactful position in my field of study. on the other hand, the rat race and corporate ladder isn't actually that appealing, and I want to have more free time for hobbies, friends, relationships, bucklist items like riding a motorcycle across south america, and be able to afford this through passive income streams like real estate and investing, living a minimalist lifestyle, and having a position that pays good $/hr. I realize that these two perspectives largely conflict each other, and it's a balancing act. However, I've yet to meet many people who have this balance all figured out. So just out of curiosity, what kind of careers are people here looking for? And what role does grad school play to help you get there?
  10. How do YOU prefer to take course/lecture notes?

    i try to do everything electronically now. hard copies are harder to keep track of. especially when the lecturer uses slides, it's helpful to just pull up copies of those slides and write notes in them, instead of wasting effort to copy what they write down. I use xodo app to edit pdf files, and i think evernote is popular for actual note taking. most tablets support this kind of stuff. not as precise as paper, but I still like it better than paper.
  11. How to give notice to boss?

    my situation was different from yours in that I actually hated the company I was working for, and was planning my departure for months, but they ended up firing me instead, which was a blessing because I got a nice unemployment package that enabled me to basically take a year break and ride my bike across states. However, I was pretty close to my first boss (at the aforementioned company, before I got moved to a shitty boss), and he was actually one of my letters of recommendation. He understood that the path i was on wasn't right for me, and that grad school was. I was lucky to have him as a boss though. I think most other managers there would've realized that I offered no further value to them, and thrown me under the bus. So it depends on what kind of character your boss is.
  12. Free TV

    pm sent.
  13. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    omg why would you write something like that on the internet??? you should be ashamed.... jk that shit's hilarious those are big ass babies too...
  14. We've wined, we've waited, now it's time to celebrate 2016

    someone should start a different thread....
  15. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    c'mon.. there are no filters here.