It's OK to push back on your Ph.D. adviser
“Your adviser doesn’t care about you!” bellowed a professor during a professional development session that I attended midway through my Ph.D. It was a jarring pronouncement, one that was meant to get our attention. What the professor went on to explain was that our advisers may be nice people, and even encouraging and supportive mentors, but they have their own priorities — securing grants, getting tenure — that might conflict with ours at times.
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