So the graduate student association sold t-shirts last week that say this on the back:
You might be a grad student if...
- You find yourself explaining to childen that you are in "20th grade."
- You have accepted guilt as an inherent feature of relaxation.
- You start refering to stories like "Snow White et al."
- Everything reminds you of something in your discipline.
- You look forward to summers because you're more productive without the distraction of classes.
- You regard ibuprofen as a vitamin.
- You appreciate the fact that you get to choose which 20 hours out of each day you have to work.
- You are startled to meet people who neither need nor want to read.
- You look forward to taking some time off to do laundry.
- You wonder if APA style allows you to cite talking to yourself as "personal communication."
I'm totally there on #2, and #4, and I've felt that way about #5 for a while now, and #7 has become more and more real to me as I have more and more tightly scheduled my days, some days with more success than others, and I just did laundry yesterday, but I was writing at the same time. And, oh yeah, I've been a #4 junkie for a while, and have actually felt #8 since elementary school, so those aren't necessarily just because I'm a grad student, but they are part of my life. :)
And here are more, from my recent personal experience as a grad student:
11. You talk to your friends on gmail chat, but not in real life, because gChat you can do in the library between finding references and finishing up #$@%* chapter 2.
12. You actually did see your roommate yesterday, but only because she came to your office.
13. You have reverted to the "wearing clothes only to avoid being naked" style that you were accused of at one point in your past, because trying to decide on anything cute requires brain power, and you have to reserve all of yours for the thesis. Jeans, sneakers, a t-shirt and a hoodie requires no brains at all.
14. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is the only exercise you dare try to fit into your day. (I don't need any more procrastination / distraction techniques.)
15. You can find the volume of "Applied Linguistics" that you need in the library without checking your notes for the, what's that called?, filing number?, not Dewey decimal? whatever. You know what I mean.
16. You measure your worth in hours spent on the thesis that day.
17. You are not as brave as Jenna and actually turn off your wireless while thesisizing--those gChats might be the only human interaction you have that day.
18. You consider gChatting human interaction.