Two years ago today I was a Ph.D. Candidate. I was thinking about defending and I was writing. I hoped to postdoc, or even seek nomination for a Fellows junior PI program.
Today, I hold a coursework masters degree, and I am a Data Scientist at a tech startup on Forbes 25 Next Billion Dollar Startups List.
It’s been a strange past two years.
I think someday I will be able to talk about it. But the how of it essentially follows the story of this article: How A Dispute Led to a Grad Student’s Forced Mental Exam.
Only in my story I did not pursue any of my legal rights; I pivoted elsewhere, and elsewhere, until I landed here. It hasn’t been easy and I still might not make it. But today, here isn’t so bad.