I don't how many people have told me this. I don't know how many times I should have realized this before. Now I get it. The Number One Lesson of grad school is:
"It doesn't matter what you think!"
They hold the keys to getting you out of this four year hell storm. If they want it done, do it. If they don't want it done, don't do it. Get your union card, then you can do what you want. I FINALLY understand.
I'm an applied economics PhD student who is entirely too angry and bitter for this stage of my life. I fit into no neat camp. Most who share my worldview are not Christian and most Christians don't share my worldview. I don't think either group shares my dry, dark sense of humor and taste for bizarre music and habits. Taken together, all that makes me an individualist. I guess I'm an intellectual whether I like it or not.