Letters: Coping with graduate studies

Re “Colorado suspect’s rarefied world of study,” July 27

Neuroscience graduate students have to work 50 or 60 hours a week, sometimes all through the night? Boo hoo. All graduate students in science and engineering, and probably in the humanities as well, live this life.

TheU.S. Census Bureausays there are about 2.5 million people who have earned doctorate degrees living in the U.S., and a large number of them put in long, lonely hours in laboratories and libraries to earn their degree. Your article gave the impression that the alleged Colorado shooter was driven to do his evil partly because of his neuroscience program. I say you have one data point indicating this and 2.5 million that say the opposite.

Matt Gerhardt


Piedmont, Calif.


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