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According to Leibow, "College students want to succeed. They want to fulfill their own ambitions and make their parents proud. If their grades are low, and especially if they're forced to delay graduation or drop out, they feel demoralized and ashamed. Plans for further education are scrapped; career aspirations are abandoned; life trajectories are thrown off-course. If they were meeting their own expectations academically and had a few friends, most college students would be happy. And they'd be in a better position to deal with the other challenges that inevitably come along."
I am no longer a college student, and don't plan to become one ever again, but I can certainly relate to the feelings mentioned above. In fact, let's replace "college students" with Ph.D.s, and make a few other changes, and then see how the same paragraph takes on a new meaning: