Another grad student in my department is having his entire quarter bankrolled by a parent whose goal is to have her high school son publish a scientific paper before his college admissions next year. The kid doesn't even care about science. It makes me thank fucking God that I was middle class and my parents thought… » 3/18/15 4:28pm 3/18/15 4:28pm

Last time I got a whole bunch of bad news from the dentist, I literally sobbed the entire 45 minute bus ride home so I FEEL YOUR FEELINGS. Don't stress about your meltdown- I'm sure a guy who does root canals for a living is used to seeing some tears. I'm sorry you've got so much shit going on right now- I hope it… » 3/15/15 1:29am 3/15/15 1:29am

Eh, we don't know how nasty or persistent the parents have been. I think we put a little too much value in always handling awful people's feelings with kid gloves. At some point, if you* didn't take the graceful exit given to you by "actually, I don't want to talk about this", then you have to deal with the anger and… » 2/16/15 10:09pm 2/16/15 10:09pm