My son, 25, just got notified that he didn’t pass his qualifier the second time around so he’s been dropped from his PhD program.
As a parent, I only want my child to be successfully happy, both in his personal and social life. It’s disheartening and heartbreaking to know that all his hard work and countless hours of studying and burying deep in papers can all fall apart just like that because a committee wills him not good enough for them. He wasn’t even pursuing a PhD. He was working on his MS in EE and one of his professors saw potential in him so she encouraged him to pursue a PhD with full funding. He will leave the program with a terminal MS (which he had already earned before entering the PhD program).
On the exterior, he says he’s fine with the outcome and can’t wait to get into the real workforce. However, internally, I can sense he is battling with disappointment and alienation from his advisors and department, preferably the people he works with. I can only advise him to rethink his future 5 years from now where he’ll be an accomplished Engineer with loads of work experience under his belt or a recent PhD graduate looking for a job. On the phone, I assured him, “you didn’t fail, they failed you.”
My son will remain with his department until the end of the academic school year. However, how will being dropped from his program affect his transcripts if he should want to reapply at another university?