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Letter to a PhD student

Bruno's thesis wrote something for him just before Valentine's day

Dear Bruno,

It is hard to believe that almost four years ago you started all of this. We have had an amazing time together. I always felt like everything was away in the clouds with you (literally - dropbox), but you’ve changed so much, and there are some things we need to talk about.

I feel like you want too much of me and sometimes I can’t be that person. I’m not as novel as you think I am. Please accept that. And I probably won’t change people’s minds or guide future research that much. I’m not this masterpiece, chef-d'oeuvre, state-of-art creation that you tell people I am – this embarrasses me. You should accepted my flaws. I need you to see me as I am.

If you want to know, my appendix is almost useless – just like yours. I don’t want to be something that I’m not. So I want you to set me free, I want to leave. I know you have sacrificed many things for me and I really appreciate that. We both know I was nothing before I met you. But it is time for you to focus on your next chapter and let me go. Of course this is not easy for me. I’ll really miss you. I’ll miss our nights and weekends discussing how we can change the world. I’ll miss the interminable analysis and all the papers we read together. Remember when you thought you lost me? You looked so desperate. I could see how much you care about me (although your face was hilarious). These were all good memories but we need to move on. Maybe you should get a dog. Do you like dogs? Prefer cats? Sometimes I feel I don’t know much about you… Anyway, I think you will have a brilliant future. I don’t want to be smug but having me will facilitate things for you. I’m sure I made you a better person. I wish you nothing but the best in life, you know that.

I Hope I find what I’m looking for in that big external drive.

All the best,

Your Thesis