It is indeed true that it is hard to serve two masters. This is true even in the academe.
Before I came here to Buffalo, I wanted to work with a certain faculty due to his specializations. When I arrived, he wasn't here. So I started to work with another faculty because I am also interested in his specializations. After all, it has also been a practical move for me because as far as I know, not a lot of people work in this sub-field back in the Philippines, so I'll be working on virgin territory in a way.
Now, the original faculty member is back. I am not working with him, although I am taking a class with him. Then, one time, when I am in his office, he mentioned that I may be able to go to Germany to work with him when I finish my four years here in Buffalo (because he is moving to Germany this Spring).
I never stated in the first place that I want to write a dissertation under him. Not that I do not want to, it just hasn't been planned yet, in my timetable. But come to think of it, it may be a good option. I may apply for the DAAD Scholarships and get to live in Germany for a year sometime in 2009.
I am not saying that these two faculty are pulling me in different directions. It's just that there should be a balance. After all, the more broad the area I am working in, the better. I will thus be more marketable later on.
On a different note, I received an informal invitation to go somewhere which is 6426 miles away from here. I still cannot say it yet as to where this is, but this will be on Summer of 2008. It is still very far away, so I am not getting my hopes high yet. But this will be a very eye-opening cultural experience for me.
Finally, one of my photos for South Campus Series again. The campus is ridden with signs. This is one of them. This is the pick-up point for a van that runs every evening to drop off female students so that they wouldn't be raped at night.