Category: phd life

Detesting an arrogant admit, the grad student …

Detesting an arrogant admit, the grad student concocts a strategy to persuade him to choose a different program.

Reorganizing papers that he has no serious pla…

Reorganizing papers that he has no serious plans to read, the grad student engages in barely productive procrastination.

Remembering that Valentine’s Day is appr…

Remembering that Valentine’s Day is approaching, the grad student is completely unaffected.

Greeting his advisor in the hallway, the grad …

Greeting his advisor in the hallway, the grad student is not entirely certain that his advisor recognizes him.

Counting on the first moments of the new yea…

Counting on the first moments of the new year to fill him with renewed motivation and hope, the grad student feels nothing.

Laying out some cookies and milk, the grad s…

Laying out some cookies and milk, the grad student feverishly wishes for Santa to bring him a passable dissertation.

Composing an annual report for a grant, the gr…

Composing an annual report for a grant, the grad student describes an alternate universe where everything is going according to plan.

Rehearsing his job talk, the grad student freq…

Rehearsing his job talk, the grad student frequently pauses to question whether he will ever get a chance to give it for real.

Overcooking the Thanksgiving turkey, the grad …

Overcooking the Thanksgiving turkey, the grad student ruins everything that he touches.

Going on a date with a non-academic, the grad …

Going on a date with a non-academic, the grad student deploys his best impersonation of a normal human being.