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Chung, Park, and Chung: Big lab vs. small lab
In reality, when Korean scientists decide to go to the United States to study, they have to take into consideration their family, especially their children. Big cities have much to see and learn, and the public systems including transportation are convenient. However, staying in a small city means that everything is less expensive and the children can pick up English much more quickly. The conclusion is, the location doesn’t really matter; the important thing is how adaptive the family is.
The title of the thesis should be comprehensible to your advisor, and the content should not be too poor or extreme. It may take a few months to decide on the title because you will need to read the references, do pre-experiments, and find solutions. Thanks to this approach, you will earn independence. When an advisor refuses to write the title for your thesis, the advisor is doing you a favor, even if it seems harsh at the moment.
The defense is loose when the soccer ball is far away from the goalpost. However, when the ball is near the goalpost, the defense becomes tight. Therefore, playing near the goalpost is difficult. Likewise, writing an article is a very difficult part of research, because it is the final step of research project.
I pull out a Chinese map when I travel in China to ask for directions. I don’t know Chinese, and some Chinese people can’t speak English. Dumb Chinese people respond to me in Chinese anyway, but the clever ones answer in body language. Body language, not English, is the universal language.


This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korean Government (MSIP) (no. 2015R1A5A7037630).
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