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I'm thinking about dropping out of my Masters program because of an adverse relationship with my advisor, but I'm afraid that I'll end up flipping burgers or trapped in a cubicle for the rest of my life. What should I do? I have a BA in Geography and a BS in Math, and I love what I'm doing, but it's just not working out with my advisor.

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If your relationship with your supervisor is bad enough that you are thinking of dropping out, take steps to change supervisors. Your supervisor may be offended by this, but it is not as big of a deal in a Master's than it is in a PhD.

If you love what you're doing, finish your degree. You will be kicking yourself for the rest of your life if you gave up on the thing you love because of a difficult relationship with your supervisor.

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I agree with what the others have said. Definitely see what you can do about switching advisers before doing anything drastic that you might regret later on down the line. If you ultimately do decided to drop out, my question for you is do you have any experience with GIS? If you have a BA in Geography, then you should be able to get a job processing data for use in GIS. Probably not your dream job, but you certainly wouldn't be stuck flipping burgers.

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