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    (Original post by MonteCristo)
    Which country was it? Despite the vaunted reputation of the "PhD", brilliance really isn't a requirement of enrolling on this degree.
    It is a doctoral degree in a very specialist area, so we were in Italy where there are special library for this sort of thing.

    My other issue is that this student is on USA state benefits as being totally permanently disabled and can never work. She might have all the medical docs to prove it but seriously she does not even live in the USA, she is using USA disabled benefits to pay for her doctoral degree in another continent, as well as taking ad hoc trips to Thailand and all cool places. I'm pretty disguseted with that too. Im not sure what to do, as I need this girl to help me with my studies as she is the most knowlegdable but I am so disgusted with her dishonest slovenly lazy dirty selfish nature.

    (Original post by shinytoy)
    an esteemed 38 year old doctoral student
    I'm so sorry that it didn't work out. I suspect the above phrase goes to the heart of the misunderstanding. PhD researchers are the very lowest on the academic ladder - there's nothing "esteemed" about them (and I know, because I've been one!).

    I'm glad you've at least taken some positives from the experience. And I'm glad you're home safe.

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