I started in my *physical science* PhD program a couple of weeks ago, and I am really concerned about both the program and my potential advisor.
Since I have arrived, I have heard nothing but negative things about competition within the department. Professors do not collaborate at all, and faculty have even been fired over petty squabbles. Coming from my old school, which was much smaller and more low key, this is a huge surprise for me. I am worried that this environment will translate to the student level.
As for the advisor, she has been at conferences for much of the