I don't wanna go!
May 2, 2012 9:36 AM Subscribe
Are they going to kick me out of grad school(linguistics phd)?
posted by lettuchi to Education (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, I'm in a linguistics program on the east coast, first year. I was not doing well mentally, went to a p-doc and got diagnosed with bi-polar 2 half-way through my first semester. Academically, I feel that I was not doing well at all. I had to adjust to medicine and couldn't concentrate or read for long lengths of time(I'm fine now), and I feel that I didn't retain much at all, which left me scrambling to catch up at the beginning of 2nd semester. The profs whose classes I was struggling in know about my issues, I told them as much once I got the diagnosis and they said that they noticed improvement once I got on medicine.
2nd semester rolls around and I'm doing better but not fantastic in my classes. My phonology professor told me that maybe another school would be a better fit for me, and asked me why I didn't go into Slavic linguistics since that's what I originally wanted to do(Russian major). I told her that my undergrad profs talked me out of it.
My possible thesis adviser(if I did syntax) is disappointed in me and basically told me that my recommender that we both know misrepresented me.
I don't want to do syntax anymore, but experimental neurolinguistics. We have two profs that do more of that sort of thing, and I have good relationships with them(and did well when I T.A.d the ones class and was in the others class).
We get review letters in the summer, and I'm afraid that they are going to basically say I have to shape up or they'll kick me out. I know that this happens, and I'm scared to death.
Based on my (scattered) account, are they going to say this to me? What can I do to fix it?