I got married at the age of 18 and have been known as Mrs. Hislastname my whole adult life legally and socially. I was so quick to change my name when I was in my newlywed stage that I never really put a lot of thought into it. I knew I wanted my future kids to have the same last name and wanted to take pride in being married. Now that its getting closer to graduation I am finding anxiety on what name to use. My parents went through many struggles and worked hard to make sure I was provided with the best education. When I went through rough times through school, they were there for me. My in-laws didn't raise me - they never showed up to my undergrad graduation and important milestones in my career (white coat ceremony etc.) My parents take a lot of pride in me being the first person in the family to graduate from college and I know it will be one of the happiest days of their life when I graduate. I can't help but feel uneasy not going by my maiden to honor my parents and my culture. I have had my in depth conversations with my husband and he is willing to support whichever decision I make. Ideally in a perfect world, I would like to go socially by Mrs. Hislastname and professionally as Dr. Maidenname. The only thing preventing me from making the plunge to going by Dr. Maidenname is 1)I like my married name - its unique, has a good flow to my name, my maiden name is dull, awkwardly rhymes with my first name and I honestly don't really like it, 2)all my networking so far has been under my married name, I'm concerned I've made it confusing and difficult..I wouldn't know where to begin. I want to get opinions on my two concerns. How would this work legally? Some personal experiences, did you change your last name? How did it work socially vs professionally?