Matilda_Tone Posted January 30, 2010 Share Posted January 30, 2010 (edited) (I apologize of this is in the wrong section or has been addressed elsewhere- I did a search but didn’t find anything). I have been thinking about this lately, and am wondering if anyone has had the same experience/has any thoughts. The basic question is: is it a bad idea to be friends with your graduate supervisor and to hang out outside of an academic setting? I bring it up because, after finishing my MA, I am considering returning to my undergraduate institution to do my PhD, and the person who works on my area of interest there (and who I would thus want as my supervisor) is a professor I have kept in touch with, see fairly often, and now consider a friend. (And before anyone asks, when I say friend I mean JUST, and only ever, a friend- nothing inappropriate). In some ways, I suppose this is a good thing- as I am completely comfortable with the person and know that I enjoy their company. On the other hand, I worry that it is a bit odd, and I have recently wondered if I should pull away socially if I am seriously considering having this person as my supervisor (though that may be a bit tricky, considering the number of mutual friends we have). Or perhaps I am just overanalysing things, and this is more common than I assumed. I never thought it would be an issue, or that I would return to the university, because I intended to pursue a different topic. But now that things have changed and I might end up applying to work with him I am not sure what approach is best. Thoughts? Edited January 30, 2010 by Stef242 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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