Category: phd

Hoping to get a phone call for a job interview…

Hoping to get a phone call for a job interview, the grad student sinks deeper and deeper into despondency with every passing hour.

Shaking hands with someone he is certain torpe…

Shaking hands with someone he is certain torpedoed one of
his manuscripts, the grad student imagines the sounds of bones being crushed.

Swiping the toilet paper in his department&rsq…

Swiping the toilet paper in his department’s restroom, the grad student scores a cheap and scratchy victory.

Enjoying his work, the grad student solemnly p…

Enjoying his work, the grad student solemnly ponders whether he has fallen victim to Stockholm syndrome.

Serving as a discussant, the grad student lobs…

Serving as a discussant, the grad student lobs passive-aggressive shots at the panelist who only circulated his paper the night before.

Facing an imminent deadline to send in his con…

Facing an imminent deadline to send in his conference paper, the grad student slowly but surely lowers his standards.

Submitting his grant application materials aft…

Submitting his grant application materials after checking countless times for errors, the grad student suddenly notices several errors.

Being told repeatedly by a committee member to…

Being told repeatedly by a committee member to “try it both ways,” the grad student becomes terrified of his exponentially growing workload.

Attempting to write the first draft of his cov…

Attempting to write the first draft of his cover letter, the grad student is paralyzed.

Anticipating an uneventful summer day, the gra…

Anticipating an uneventful summer day, the grad student is blindsided by an email about the upcoming job market.