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Idea Agent by Lina M. Echeverria

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MY PERSONAL JOURNEY

Standing Up for Values

I HAD ARRIVED at Stanford with as much understanding of the advisor–grad student relationship as a foreign student can have. That is to say, hardly any. I had no previous experience or knowledge that could have shaped my expectations. I had been assigned an advisor as an incoming student, and as far as I was concerned, that was all there was to it.

Prior to leaving Colombia for what I thought would be the requisite two years needed to complete a masters program, I had been asked by my alma mater, the Universidad Nacional de Colombia at Medellín, to help them with the organization of an international symposium on ophiolites—rocks that were formed as oceanic crust but that, through continent-building tectonic ...

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