How to tell your advisor that you don't want to continue anymore...

<p>Hi all,</p>

<p>So I am a first year grad student... and after nearly 3 quarters of school / research, I am beginning to think that this is not right for me. However, I do have a project (short term) and an advisor right now... I was wondering if I can get some ideas on how I could tell him that I don't want to continue anymore. Do professors usually get very upset about this? Thanks~</p>

<p>For your sake, and for the sake of your advisor, you should inform him quickly and clearly, so that other arrangements can be made given your impending departure.</p>

<p>This is a professional relationship, not a personal one. Therefore, do not hesitate, or worry about repercussions. If your advisor responds in an unprofessional way, it is to his discredit, not yours.</p>

<p>Best wishes to you.</p>

<p>I agree in general with Professor X, having gone through this situation myself. However, I would like to add that in some cases (my own included) where you have a human enough advisor, they can be capable of going above and beyond the call of duty. Mine had some great advice for some of my future plans. You might be surprised.</p>

<p>thanks for the replies!! my professor is a very nice person, but that in a sense makes me feel bad for wanting to discontinue. although i did tell him i might not go for the phd even before i took on the project... i guess im just thinking too much</p>