Learning to yield

When I first began contemplating doctoral study, I was very willing to listen for God’s direction. Step by step, the way unfolded for me to attend a well-regarded university. However, when I entered the university, I became caught up in the drama and politics of the institution. I entered the school with the pure motive of learning, but I soon found myself swept up in maneuvering to be part of the most prestigious projects.

To take one example, I felt I just had to do research with a famous professor who was an authority on a topic that was of great interest to me. Although I was a good student, he wouldn’t allow me to work on his project because I wasn’t from his department, which he considered to be far superior to mine. It seemed to me and others that I was being discriminated against because of my department affiliation. I was absolutely devastated because I was accustomed to being respected for my academic ability. I felt rejected and cast out.

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