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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Selective Weather

Well, I'm sitting here in Atlanta airport supposed to be on my way to AECT in Dallas. Because it was seven dollars cheaper, I went with American Airlines (as the conference airfare provider) instead of my usual US carrier.

My original flight was at 12:20pm, arriving in Dallas at 1:40pm - in tons of time for my 4:00pm intern orientation meeting. When I arrived at the airport, I discovered that my flight had been cancelled and that I was booked on a 3:05pm flight (arriving 4:35pm). The agent informed me that weather in Dallas was to blame and that she would put me on priority stand-by for the 1:50pm flight (arriving at 3:15pm, still time to make my meeting).

Well, the 1:50pm flight didn't actually leave until 3:00pm - without me on it. I was listed as the first person on the stand-by priority screen that was shown at the gate, and even though I never moved from that position, somehow at least four people were able to be confirmed before me.

So, I had to go back to the 3:05pm flight, which wouldn't be so bad, I mean it was only five minutes later. However, this one was now been delayed until 4:05pm (arriving at 5:35pm).

The funny thing is that Delta had three flights to Dallas today, same airport too, and United had one - all of which left Atlanta at the correct time. Pretty selective weather that it only delayed American Airlines flights, don't you think?

Tags: AECT 2006, AECT, American Airlines, graduate student, graduate students, graduate school, higher education, education

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