Just for the record, graduate school has all but destroyed me. I found out pretty much within the first semester that this was not a place that would foster my growth, neither in academic ability or personal character. Because of this I was not about to give the best parts of myself over to this cruel and seemingly futile endeavor. So, I did my work, but didn't pour myself into it. I did "enough." And when there seemed an opportunity for me to attach myself to something better than the status quo, a chance to work with someone who understood the ills of the academy and did not himself subscribe to them, I took it. Latched on. Gave of myself and trusted.