Saturday, December 10, 2005

This is scary

Quoth New Kid on the Hallway in Attrition; or, an interesting tidbit about grad school:
A conversation with a colleague the other day prompted me to wade through Dissertation Abstracts and figure this out:

There were about 26 students who entered grad school with me (in *cough* the early 90s *cough*).

Eight of us have completed our degrees.

The story doesn't surprise me. That said, it sure does make me feel afraid. I fear for my yet to be obtained degree. I fear that I might not finish it. At this point, I don't want to think about what I'd do in life if I didn't finish grad school. I would very much like to have a career as an academic, I have a rather serious case of Ph.D. envy, and I don't want to leave without getting what I came for!