Thursday, October 30, 2014

You Just Might Be a Graduate Student If . . . . can analyze the significance of appliances you cannot operate.
...your office is better decorated than your apartment. have ever, as a project, attempted to track the progress of your own joke across the Internet. are startled to meet people who neither need nor want to read. have ever brought a scholarly article to a bar. rate coffee shops by the availability of outlets for your laptop. secretly read Wikipedia to get an overview of a topic. have to dress somewhat conservatively to fit the department's standards for teaching assistants.
...everything reminds you of something in your discipline. have ever discussed academic matters at a sporting event. go to the beach and actually do research there. have ever spent more than $50 on photocopying while researching a single paper.
...there is a microfilm reader in the library that you consider "yours." actually have a preference between microfilm and microfiche. can tell the time of day by looking at the traffic flow at the library. look forward to summers because you're more productive without the distraction of classes. regard ibuprofen as a vitamin. consider all papers to be works in progress.
...professors don't really care when you turn in work anymore. find the bibliographies of books more interesting than the actual text. have given up trying to keep your books organized and are now just trying to keep them all in the same general area. have accepted guilt as an inherent feature of relaxation. find yourself explaining to children that you are in "20th grade". start referring to stories like "Snow White et al." often wonder how long you can live on pasta without getting scurvy. look forward to taking some time off to do laundry. have more photocopy cards than credit cards. wonder if APA style allows you to cite talking to yourself as "personal communication."



TexWisGirl said...

too funny. my faves were tracking your own joke, scurvy, 20th grade. :)

Bilbo said...

I can soooo relate to the last one after getting my Master's while working full-time.

MarkD60 said...

Good ones, I worry about scurvy!

Linda Kay said...

I think these are even more appropriate for any of us who returned to school as an adult, some with kids still at home....I can relate!

Big Sky Heidi said...

You got it right.

Cloudia said...

"everything reminds you of something in your discipline." And giving up on organizing, to simply corral!

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