Finding My Way Out of the Lab

Author : Sarah Owen

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I was post-qualifying exam and officially a third-year.  Allegedly the “third year” status means that you have more time to focus on your research projects and that you’re almost done teaching.  It also seemed to mean that you were in this “gap” period in grad school: post-qualifying exam, yet far away from graduating.  I found this to be rather unsettling.  In general, I prefer knowing what the “next step” is, which used to be “passing my quals.”