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am_Unition  ·  466 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ph.D. students face significant mental health challenges

    Could you expand a bit? Feel free to ignore it if that's a touchy subject, I'm only casually curious.

Sure. Without a strong sense of collective cultural identity, the student body becomes more fragmented than it would have been were it entirely domestic, when we would probably fare better if we banded together. Perhaps more importantly, when a large percentage of the student body is only permitted to reside within the country on a student visa, it creates an unwillingness to buck a culture of blind compliance.

    I wanted to write something more supportive but we had those discussions and it doesn't sound like you're in the mood for a dose of platitudes. Hang in there, though.

Nah, I'm always into hearing why I'm wrong, or why I should take a more moderate position. You never have to worry about laying a proper smackdown upon me. I can take it, trust me. I'll be hanging in (t)here though, I'm in too deep to back out, anyway (hence, another problem - by the time one understands the problem, it may be too late to motivate yourself to affect change)

While I have your ear, I want to be very clear: I do not hold grudges against the foreign students, many of them are my good friends. But I haven't seen any discussion elsewhere about the unintended effects of this situation, which is especially prudent if my department's demographics are currently ~50/50 foreign/domestic, and trending towards more foreign entrants. This conversation is long overdue, and no one's talking. When they are, it's behind closed doors; I've heard some snippets of those private conversations, and they are not pretty.




Devac  ·  466 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Perhaps more importantly, when half of the student body is only permitted to reside within the country on a student visa, it creates an unwillingness to buck a culture of blind compliance.

and

    While I have your ear, I want to be very clear: I do not hold grudges against the foreign students, many of them are my good friends.

I can see that, especially with a number of problems the USA likes to invent for students applying for a visa. It's hard to get confidence within your own country, let alone abroad. It's understandable that you don't begrudge people who are more or less the victims of circumstance. At least that's what I got from your post.

    Nah, I'm always into hearing why I'm wrong, or why I should take a more moderate position. You never have to worry about laying a proper smackdown upon me. I can take it, trust me.

I don't think that I have the experience to deliver you a 'smackdown', proper or not. Especially with how I mirror a lot of your mood around the exams seasons. Do I think that you are exaggerating? Fuck, you know that I'm the last to speak on that topic. I'm the "mr A++ Devac" and every time I take an exam I go there with little to none sleep the night prior with nothing in my mind but dread and conviction that I'm going to fail.

I wish you well and the amount of bullshit you can endure only proves your passion.

am_Unition  ·  466 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No, I can't begrudge these folks. They're wonderful human beings, truly.

    mr A Devac

pronounced "Mr. ay backlash plus backslash plus Devac", of course.

    I wish you well and the amount of bullshit you can endure only proves your passion.

<3, Devac. Thanks man, and the same to you. :)

Devac  ·  466 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    pronounced "Mr. ay backlash plus backslash plus Devac", of course.

Just rolls off the tongue, like any product of a hydrolysis reaction or a name of an Icelandic volcano.

am_Unition  ·  466 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Lol, it disappeared in the quotation, too. Perfect.

Devac  ·  466 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not even the stuff written after two spaces of indentation is displayed verbatim.

  There are no escape characters in C.

Which is unfortunate. It's actually supposed to be C++.

bfv  ·  466 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In this one instance I say it's a feature, not a bug ;)

Devac  ·  466 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh, now you're just being reasonable about a language that allows you to commit some proper code-atrocities:

  #include <stdio.h>

#include <stdlib.h>

  int main(void)

{

char * str = (char*)malloc(1);

free((void*)(str[10] = '\0'));

str[1] = 'a';

printf("%s", str);

free((void*)str);

return 0;

}

This compiles and doesn't cause segfault. Believe me, I get what you are saying.

EDIT: Changed the allocated amount of space, not that it mattered to the compiler…