You Might be a Graduate Student If…

Ahh, fall is almost here! But school has already started for the semester. This is how I know that I’m definitely a graduate student at heart. What are your cues?

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You might be a grad student if…

…you turn in a paper, and immediately want to go back and tinker with it. There was that one sentence that you couldn’t get the right wording for, and now you have it! Thank goodness for rewrites.

…you are happy when the title page doesn’t count towards the page limit, because dammit, you can’t bear to kill any more of your darlings.

…you think that your textbooks are “page-turners” and you stay up late reading them because you must. get. to. the. end. of. this. chapter!

…you can’t find that one particular book right at the moment you realize it’s THE perfect theory for your final paper.

…you have dreams about prominent rhetoricians and dead French theorists.

…you make grad school/academic related bets with your friends. Need some motivation to submit that paper to a journal? Bet your friends you’ll do it by a certain date or you owe them a drink. Magic.

…you take your sleep whenever/wherever you can get it. Like occasionally on the floor of the cubicles in the grad student offices. No shame.

…when traveling with several other adults, it’s not uncommon to share 4 to a hotel room to cut down on costs and pack an inordinate number of protein/energy bars so you don’t have to eat expensive conference hotel food.

…you long for the end of the semester with a fierce yearning, and then two weeks into “vacation” (i.e., catch-up time) you find yourself uttering the words, “I can’t wait for school to start again.”

Love, peace, and happy back-to-school,
Sumiko

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