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Thu Jun 13 10:12:12 EST 1996

DKAT wrote:
Anyone who can get into Graduate School should be smart enough to
figure out the facts of life themselves.  Women are raised to think of
themselves as children dependent on others.  I've been in academia for
more than 20 years and have never heard such stuff.  Grow up.  DK

Dear DKAT,
Do you always write like this????

As has been discussed in previous threads, most grad students, male and 
female, don't understand what they're getting into.  I know students 
coming into the master's program at my husband's university, whose 
undergrad advisors have told them a masters degree is enough to teach at 
the community college level (which in previous threads has been shown 
NOT to be the case anymore). Many professors even at research 
universities have their heads in the sand about how many positions are 
availible at the other end of the pipeline. 

The idea of a postdoc was a surprise to me when I started grad 
school-basically because everyone advising me (professors, fellow 
collegues in government labs) had done their grad work when post docs 
were not common, and certainly not 2-3 times 4 years long! (horror 
storries, but they do exist).  And grow up?  I was 33 with 3 children 
when I entered grad school.  I'm as grown up (and cynical) as they come, 
and one of the "smartest" if you go by things like GRE scores.  Please 
remember that when you address your comments to a newsgroup, you don't 
know who's "in the room".  In this case, you guessed wrong about my 
"level of maturity" and intelligence.

Julia Frugoli
Dartmouth College

visiting grad student at
Texas A&M University
Department of Biological Sciences
College Station, TX 77843
FAX 409-847-8805

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