2. It’s been at least 10 years since you had a “real” weekend.
3. Realizing your vocabulary is permanently scattered with words like “problematic” and “ontological” and “hegemony.”
4. Coming up with all of your good ideas in the shower…
…and no good ideas during your oral defense.
5. Going to parties and everyone’s just standing around talking about their research.
…because none of you are in touch with pop culture in the slightest.
6. When your undergrads ask constantly, “Is this going to be on the exam?”
7. Your average dinner is a bag of frozen vegetables topped with leftover shredded cheese and hot sauce.
8. When someone claims that being in a doctoral program isn’t “the same thing as having a real job”:
14. When master’s degree students complain about their workload, you’re just like:
15. Trying to make non-academic small talk with your advisor at a reception:
16. When all of your colleagues are married, and you’re just like:
17. Feeling some degree of “impostor syndrome” at least once a day.
…as in, you’re just waiting for someone to realize that they made a HUGE mistake letting you into your program and to swiftly kick you out.
18. When someone asks you for the 357th time what your dissertation is about:
… versus Rochester:
20. Seeing someone on your dissertation committee outside of school:
23. Trying to say something romantic to your significant other after a long day of coursework:
24. Explaining to your friends with 9-to-5 jobs why you can’t go out on Friday night.
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cuba later this summer for the opening of a U.S. embassy there.
- Nicholas Winton, who saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, died at 106.
- Mozambique implemented a new criminal code that removes a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality.