The lack of posts have stemmed from the constant mental debate I've been having with myself.
Due to some personal reasons, I'm questioning whether or not I want/need to push through for the PhD or call it a day with a masters degree. And no...the reasons do not include A) being pregnant or B) failing my qualifying exams as I haven't taken them yet.
A lot of it stems from my perspective on what I want to do once I leave grad school. I've never wanted to go into academia and teach....and I know those jobs are difficult to get anyway. I always figured I'd go in industry. But, it has become more and more apparent that I don't need to run the show. In fact, I'd rather not be the person staying up until 3am writing grant renewals. In addition to this, sometimes focusing on a big picture isn't my forte. I do enjoy problem solving or trouble shooting experiments....
So, much to the derision of some, I'm seriously wondering if busting my ass for the PhD is worth it...if really all I want is a simple technician job. I still want to be heavily involved in science, but I don't think I want to drive the bus. I'd rather be somewhere in the back, consulting the map and helping out when the driver gets lost.