I chose to give up my professional career, a dream that I had from a very young age. It was a real blow.
I went to Cambridge, after graduating from Harvard and I enrolled in a PhD program.
I was the only student in my PhD program to fail, I was thrown out of the program.
It was humiliating; it seemed like a waste of a year because I did not even get a master's degree.
It was a real tough experience.
At Harvard, as a graduate student, I took, with all the other students, my qualifying general exams.
Out of all the graduate students who took that exam, I was the only one who failed it.
Once again, a really humiliating experience, walking around William James and everyone knows their results, it was tough.
Not only that, I was given provisional, the provisional option of staying in the program.
They said to me, not only do you need to pass next year's exam when you take it with the next class, you have to pass it with flying colors or you are out.
So, while the rest of the semester, while working on the dissertations, writing, almost graduating
I had to go back to the basics and go over the whole material again.