I wish you well with the Master's degree.
Welcome to Atheist Nexus----the world of reasoning, rational sense, and good friends.
Terry Meaden (Also academic; see MY PAGE)
Founder of the busy SCIENCE discussion group
"ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Humankind, Religion, Darwin..."
We seek to understand the mysteries of the universe, and how life and humans and religion and everything began. There are a lot of good discussion topics there.
Thanks for the friend request. We can all use friends! It's also helpful perusing the various groups, some are more active than others. They are growing quickly.
I know what you mean about aging parents. I regret that I'm so far away from mine, in Illinois. I couldn't live in their small town, and they always declined my offers to have them move here with me. Still, it would be nice to just drive over to their house and help out with chores or whatever.
Welcome to A|N. It was interesting reading your profile. I've lived quite a number of places, mostly midwest and for most of the past 20 years, pacific northwest. I imagine Kansas is a bit like Indiana. When I lived there in the 80s, and being gay myself, I had a lot of fear due to local religiousness and bigots. Even so, most of my closest friendships formed there as well. Now, I don't have so many friends, but life is more secure.
I hope that you are able to explore and express yourself on A|N as well as home.