Wednesday, March 08, 2006

You know you're a grad student if...

Charlotte's Web has a good list of ways to tell if you're a grad student. The ones that made me laugh nervously:

  • more than 25% of your textbook is "left as an exercise for the reader."
  • you have ever brought a scholarly article to a bar.
  • professors don't really care when you turn in work anymore.
  • you have given up trying to keep your books organized and are now just trying to keep them all in the same general area.
  • you reflexively start analyzing those greek letters before you realize that it's a sorority sweatshirt, not an equation.
  • you find yourself explaining to children that you are in "20th grade".
  • you start refering to stories like "Snow White et al."
  • you wonder if APA style allows you to cite talking to yourself as "personal communication".
I would add several ways you know you're a grad student with kids:
  • You have taught a section or lab with stickers on your shirt and did not know it.
  • You assess potential babysitters by their CPR certification and whether they were conscientious students in your class.
  • You spend more time in the lactation room than in your office.
    • Corollary: You can pump hands-free and read journal articles.
      • Double corollary: You know which types of articles are more likely to decrease your milk supply.
  • You have never helped with a Saturday recruiting event for your department.
  • You feel more comfortable eating lunch with the junior faculty than with the other students.
  • You can only participate in IM sports after the kids' bedtime.
  • You start running simulations for your thesis at 3am when your infant wakes up to eat.
  • You are not kidding when you hope that you graduate before your oldest child.

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