If you are applying for graduate school and fellowships – variations of this paragraph will read eerily familiar to you:
The Statement of Purpose should briefly detail your reasons for applying to the proposed program at [organization]. Please describe your background and experience (academic and...
Dressed in a freshly dry-cleaned suit for graduate school visits, I marched proudly and eagerly into my first one-on-one interview with a prospective PI.
“Hi, I’m Amanda!”
“Nice to meet you, I’m Rob. Are you good at failing?”
“What do you mean?” I stared blankly, taken aback by his bluntness.