Uncertainty can be happiness

"Security is a false god," or running around the world as an FSO

Taking another path –

Posted by quirksalight on May 22, 2007

I sent this e-mail today:

To my friends and family –

For a number of reasons, including the fact that I’m really not sure if I want to continue doing biomedical research, I have decided to take a leave of absence from graduate school. Not immediately; I’m finishing my current project and then taking a leave of absence (or sabbatical, if you prefer to call it that). It looks like it’ll take me until mid-October to complete my project, so hopefully I’ll get to see everyone in the NYC area before my departure. For the folks in the DC Metro area and Philly, I’m moving back to Northern VA for a couple months, so I’ll be seeing y’all in the fall. And everyone else – there’s a decent chance that I’ll see you in the near future.

As for the “what now?” question, well, there’s several avenues that I’m exploring at the moment, a handful that will take me out of the US for an extended period of time and other that will keep me here. Basically, I don’t know, and won’t know for a couple of months. But I’m happier in my life with the uncertain future than the idea of continuing in the doctoral program.
I’ll be documenting what going on, with other commentary thrown in here: https://quirksalight.wordpress.com/



3 Responses to “Taking another path –”

  1. Dani said

    I trust you to make the right choices for you, to do the things that in the long run will be healthiest and happiest for you. I am glad you are willing to say those things out loud and explore off the well trodden path to find what works for you.

    If I can do anything along the way, say the word…

    Huge hugs! I applaud your guts, and your strength and know that ultimately, you will find exactly the right thing.

  2. hey, I don’t know you but stumbled across your blog. I quit uni last year and it was the best thing I ever did.

    Sometimes you need to take a step back to see the picture properly. Goodluck.

  3. […] My temporary answer was to take a leave of absence for a year and teach English in Korea. That’s one of the earlier points in this blog, back in […]

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