Do you ever pretend to be independent of the opinions others hold of you? I know that I often find myself in that trap these days. Some part of me still desires to please other people beyond reason, while a deeper part of me, my Soul-Talk, encourages me to stand in the integrity of who I am, of what I perceive, and of what I know.
Remember that your academic and career goals should be set by you and not by anybody else. There is a difference between having a career and having a life. It is your life and you don’t get a second chance!