I got an email today that I have to blog about to savor the positive encouragement that has been so rare in my academic life. I asked WiseMA advisor to write me a letter of recommendation for a job I am applying for. I also updated him on my move to Postdoc city, told him I had given a complete draft to my dissertation advisor, and that I am now revising the draft. This is part of his reply:
Congratulations! You are on the move!I'll be glad, indeed ecstatic to write the letter.
From the depths of revising hell (although today was productive, it wasn't exactly fun) I am enjoying that email. Why is it that so few academics can be encouraging of their students. I think I was spoiled as an MA student, and my PhD advisor seems sorely lacking to me, since he hasn't ever encouraged me directly. I did hear that he thought well of me from another professor, but I think I just have this need for approval from authority figures or something. Okay, enough musings. I am off to bed!