Am I on the wrong track?
November 12, 2006 5:55 PM Subscribe
Do research scientists have social lives?
posted by mayfly wake to science & nature (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I am an undergrad neuroscience major, with plans to go to graduate school and hopefully get a PhD. If I follow this route and go into research, say at a big university, what will my life be like? I have heard horror stories of 70-hour work weeks with no social interaction outside of lab; are these extreme cases? I may not be as outgoing and gregarious as some of my friends, but I have found that I enjoy drinking socially and dancing on the weekends, and occasionally on weekdays as a way to relax during/after a stressful week. Will this be rare or even unattainable in grad school and beyond? Once I have a career will it be possible to have a family and spend a reasonable amount of time with them? (I am female, which shouldn't make a difference but does unfortunately.) I love science, and have always thought that being a research scientist and putting out papers would be an ideal, exhilarating job. I just don't want to be an "obligate workaholic" through career choice. If you have a career in research science, what is your life like?