Originally Posted by max
I think this makes sense. I remember talking to a grad student, who said to me, "**** it, I'm 30 and I'm worrying about a final exam!" Had an impact on me; sad to see all the gray-haired grad students tucked aside in a school building.
I'm not 30 yet, but I am still worrying about exams for my MBA program.
But at least I know there's an end in sight.
The thing with Ph.D in science is, a lot of it is luck. And if you're not lucky and get stuck with a crappy PI (principle investigator/professor), you ain't graduating and good luck getting into post-docs.
Two grad students who are equally capable will work equally hard, but one of them will have numerous papers in big name journals, and graduate in 5-6 years. The other can slave away for 7 years with no papers and be screwed for post-docs.