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Two-Body Problem Series: Playing the Long Game

29 Jan 2020, 19:20 UTC
Two-Body Problem Series: Playing the Long Game
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By Anonymous Credit: Tod Strohmayer (GSFC), CXC, NASA Illustration: Dana Berry (CXC) This entry in the two-body problem series is an account of one person’s experience navigating the academic track with their partner. For context, the people in the relationship are white, cisgender, and heterosexual. If you would like to contribute your own story to this series, please contact us at wia-blog at lists.aas.org. When did you and your partner meet? We met in college. We both knew that we wanted to apply to graduate school and pursue academic careers (he's in engineering and I'm in astronomy). Were you ever long-distance during your relationship? At what points? What were some things you did that made it easier? We were long distance for five years while we attended different graduate schools. This was more or less intentional: I was one year ahead of my partner in school, and we had only been dating for a few months when it came time for me to apply for graduate school in my senior year of college. I was accepted to my first choice school, so I moved without knowing what the future held for my partner. The following year, he applied widely and ...

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