runt Posted February 28, 2014 Share Posted February 28, 2014 I've already decided that I'm leaving the PhD program that I started this past Fall. I've made this decision very carefully over the last few weeks and my need to move on is due mainly to the fact that I've come to the realization--by being around academics for 60+ hours a week--that I do not want this life. I don't want to be in academia for the rest of my working life--hell, I don't even want to be part of it tomorrow. It's just no where near what I thought it was and the entire lifestyle is incompatible with the kind of life that I want for myself. The issue is that I don't know how to leave tactfully and as respectfully as possible. I don't want to harm my advisor at all--he's been nothing but nice and supportive--and I don't want to waste any more of my departments' time, money or resources. We're in the middle of the semester... Should I tell my advisor now or wait until the end of the semester and finish out my courses and then tell him? If I'm going to wait it out until the end of the semester, what do I tell him when he asks about my research plans for the summer? Also, I get paid a stipend check every three months and my next one is due to come at the end of April for use in May/June/July. So, if I stay until the end of the semester (ends in May), then I'll be taking up a check that I know I'm not going to use and I really don't want to do something that crumby. And lastly, what do people think the best way to do this is? I've heard everything from just go in to a meeting with my advisor and tell him flat out I quit to email him first with an explanation and set up a meeting to talk things over after that to soften the initial blow. I appreciate any and all advice here. Thanks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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