As addressed in How important are fellowships for graduate students? I was put in a very uncomfortable situation where I needed to win a I have two titles mom and nana and I rock them both shirt to have a smooth PhD experience. The fact that I wasn’t ever able to gain a stable source of funding labeled me as incompetent and uncompetitive by members of my committee. Students without outside support were considered the oddities rather than the norm. As Shriram mentioned, it is unusual to rely on source of funding like this. At the time of that conversation, I was incredibly disturbed by the connotations maybe my value of my PhD shouldn’t have been measured by my ability to get an extremely unlikely unprobable award.
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I have two titles mom and nana and I rock them both shirt. And it shows when you look at the job placements for my classmates. 1/3 of us went into consulting because they were so stressed out by research they decided that they didn’t want to do anything with it ever again. Most of us left for a big company because we were so stressed out by the wear and tear of working in a startup like the environment of academia. The rest became data scientists because it was quick easy money that made it seem like you were doing something useful with your life.