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I relate to this very much. I had come close to achieving my academic goals when a series of horrible events transpired for about 7 years, preventing me from continuing on at school. I’m starting over in a sense (I’m taking language courses at a community college for prereqs) and most of my colleagues/friends have their phd or are nearly there. It’s hard when I’ve always been the very young, impressive, “first one done” sort of person and Who Needs Santa When You Have Merlot Christmas Funny Party T-shirt.