Different Strokes for Different Folks

From Anon

Jack’s my buddy, we’re in the same program, we sometimes work on projects together, and we swap useful information. We’re at about the same level skill-wise, and I might even be better. I know this based on our shared assignments.  Jack’s not the problem here – in fact, the guys in my program are pretty terrific about gender. So, there’s hope for the future. That said, I can’t wait for the old guard to die off.

One piece of useful information that came to me today was about a professor we’d both like to work with. Projects are a huge part of our program – they eventually lead to a thesis, which leads to graduation, and so on. I’d approached the professor about a project two months ago, and he’d offered me a selection of work that his lab had already done, and steering me towards something “not too difficult.” Jack, on the other hand, got a selection of seven different projects, including industry contacts.

WTF. Some of this is that I’m in Europe, and they’re racist as fuck, but seriously? I’ve asked two classmates and a mentor if I project incompetence or something. Nothing they can detect. So I think I’m going to talk to the professor next week to see what the hell’s going on.

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