Thursday, December 08, 2005

Nothing is perfect

Not even close.

# rejection letters today: 2

Mood I'm in: not great

# angst-ridden chats I've had with grad students today: 1

# meals I've had time for today: 1 (it's almost 6 pm now)

Outlook: To quote the magic 8-ball, ask again later.

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At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what are your options if you don't get a faculty position?

Also, I mean, what kind of places are you applying to? Only Ivy leagues? Only top 30 schools?

what about small colleges? but perhaps you don't like to teach... hmm... don't know what else to say.

I think academic system sucks. I am a 6th grad student, and feel like I am at the mercy of my professor. It is really unfair, because he has such high expectations for my research, but he lets out other students who's thesis is much less spectacular.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Meredtih said...

From a fellow job-searcher, try not to let it get you down (I should take my own advice). I admit it's tough to take the rejections, but keep in mind that the rejection was probably based on what type of research you do or the fact that you didn't fit their very specific picture of the person they wanted to hire, even though their ad was very general. Bottom line is that you are well-qualified- you are ready for this, and when the right job comes along, you will know it and Right University will know it. Hang in there- it's still decently early in the game and you have plenty of time to be invited for interviews. Don't let these rejections tear down your self confidence- you will need it when you interview at a school that appreciates you and your work. Good luck to you.


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