Data Science is Science, Too

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.


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