silver summer Posted December 22, 2016 Share Posted December 22, 2016 (edited) The other day my advisor and I were having coffee and talking about an important monograph in our field. Then out of the blue he said "Oh I remember something I was going to ask you: Let me know if you want to meet up for coffee while we're at" upcoming-huge-conference -in-our-field-next-month. I hadn't dared to ask him if he wanted to, assuming he would be busy meeting important longtime colleagues, being a superstar in our field himself. I mean, he can talk to me whenever he wants...why waste time with me when he could hang out with people he only gets to see once or twice a year? Granted, the conference will take place in the middle of our winter break so it's not like we will have just seen each other the week before or anything, but I still feel guilty for taking up time he could be spending with an important big-name friend. Part of me thinks he was just asking to be polite, but then again, he was the one to bring it up unprompted. I'm not trying to overthink a half-hour or 45 minute coffee meeting. Of course, this is also assuming that we would each spend the rest of the conference talking to other people, not each other. This sounds like a dumb question but I'm just curious for opinions on whether this would be a waste of time for my advisor and whether or not it's ok to take him up on his offer to get together? Edited December 22, 2016 by silver summer Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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