Why I hesitated to take my husband's last name after marriage
I've always considered myself a pretty traditional woman. I had not long ago graduated college and was making headway in the scientific world, even earning some major publications under my belt. When my then-boyfriend proposed to me, I was thrilled and had all my ducks in a row — or so I thought
"So, are you going to change your last name? What about all your publications?" a colleague asked during lunch
I was honestly stumped
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Of course, I always felt that I wanted to take on my husband's last name – for me, it was a no brainer. I had never once considered the effect it would have on the name and reputation I had built within the scientific community. Should I change my maiden name to middle? Or maybe I could hyphenate. But no, that would be way too long