abacus123 Posted June 10, 2010 Share Posted June 10, 2010 So, I recently went through the process of applying to grad schools, and while I was accepted to a few different places, I was fully funded at only one of them. I visited and was unimpressed, but figured I could still make something out of it for a Master's and then figure out what I wanted. Now here comes the problem. I started working in the research group this summer, because I thought it would be useful to stay on time with my degree. There's no formal contract, but there is an email agreement that says I could begin work on the 1st if I wanted. So I did, and the research I've been given is nothing like what I want to do. When I visited, I thought it would be somewhat pertinent, but this has turned out to be a false belief. Worse, the meetings are conducted in Mandarin and I'm the only person in my group who doesn't speak Chinese (and oddly enough, the only one with an atmospheric science degree - the rest are electrical engineers). I don't know anyone here, there's a huge language barrier with my group members, I'm doing research I have no interest in, and I'm extremely frustrated, viewing my decision as a huge error in judgment. I have a couple different options. Option A is to withdraw, but that's undesirable for a number of reasons. Option B is that I could try and say that I jumped into things too soon and come back in August. Provided that works, the hope there would be that in the following fall, I could interact with other faculty and work my way into another research group (there are several other faculty with research I'm more interested in, but I can't really talk to them now because I'm in another building away from the faculty --- classes will eliminate that problem). My funding in the fall is covered by TA funding from the dept, and my summer/ non academic year funding is RA. The thing is, I was accepted as an RA+TA, the RA being as part of this research group, and I'm trying to avoid burning too many bridges before I've even begun my formal graduate education (could they actually boot me out for going on leave for the summer before I'm enrolled or when I'm trying to switch in the fall?). I'm really looking for advice and please share if you have a moment to spare. I was prepared for challenges, but not quite like this. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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