bjford: who he? why?
Ellen I. Paul
toodles at wam.umd.edu
Thu Feb 2 12:52:14 EST 1995
In article <wendyw.11.2F307090 at staff.monash.edu.au>,
<wendyw at staff.monash.edu.au> wrote:
>On 29 Jan 1995 14:35:15 GMT, Ellen Paul wrote (amongst other things):
>> I was hoping, eventually, to ask all of you
>>for advice on my situation (earning a master's at 39, then thinking about
>>doctoral work) but I don't want to hang out with a bunch of intolerant
>>people - and this is the first hint of intolerance I've ever seen here -
>>and it really surprised me....
>>University of Maryland
>>Graduate Program in Sustainable (ahem) Development and Conservation Biology
>From my experience of lurking on this newsgroup, any advice you are seeking
>is likely to be found here!
>I was wondering why the "(ahem)"..do you not think
>development is sustainable?
>Wendyw at gas.cc.monash.edu.au
Wendy - thanks for your response. No, I have yet to see any examples of
sustainable development except some very small projects, and these
generally don't generate enough income to have much future.
Having been encouraged by your kind response, and also by the presence of
my good friend, Cathy Quinones, I will indeed seek the advice of all here
-including Brian Ford! I practiced law for 10 years, hated every minute
of it, along the way became addicted to birding, then to nature, then
decided to work in conservation, since I couldn't figure out a way to get
paid for watching birds. I didn't think I could handle the math and
science for a PhD, so I chose this program instead - although it requires
a fair amount of math and science. Now I have conquered many mountains -
for instance, I worked through a self-directed math program, starting
with high school algebra and ultimately, took two semesters of calculus.
I have started my second semester of biometry, and I have found that I
can not only handle the biological sciences, I also find them to be the
most interesting, worthwhile classes I have ever taken. So I have
decided to backtrack into undergraduate work, complete the requirements
for entering the PhD program, and do what I originally wanted to do -
What I want to know is whether this is an absurd thing to do, considering
I will be 45 when I finish? Would it be better to stay in conservation
and sit behind a desk (I do this very well, but I hate it!) - not better
for me, but where can I make more of a contribution?
Sorry this was so long, but I have condensed four years into one post -
hope to hear what all of you have to say.
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