27 Struggles Every Grad Student Knows To Be True

Oops, just called something “problematic” again.

1. You still get terror flashbacks to these.

2. The amount of materials you need open for any one project or paper.

3. You need to buy a small library for every semester.

4. On the plus side, stacking books is…sort of a skill?

5. Buying used books and discovering the owners ahead of you had…interesting ideas about how to use highlighters.

6. Your idea of a “fun purchase” is a new pack of sticky notes.

Surely this will make studying much more exciting!!!!

7. You identify deeply with this late-night grocery run.

Look. It’s all I need.

8. And this one.

9. The adjustment period of learning each new professor’s uniquely indecipherable note-writing style.

10. Your gradual, almost imperceptible adoption of academese.

I just used “pedagogical” like eight times in this paper and I’m not even sure…why?

11. You, in the library, on the most beautiful day of the year.

12. You have printed out probably 17–20 trees at this point.

13. You dread nothing more than hearing the words “power” and “point” in the same sentence.

14. You’ve developed a sliding scale for what “messy” means.

Everything in its proper place: all over the floor.

15. You’ve become a MASTER of the one-page cheat sheet.

Nobody can fit more words on a piece of paper than you. NOBODY!!!

16. You have become a very specific kind of hoarder.

17. You don’t recognize the difference between weekdays and weekend days.

18. You know that mail is never a good thing.

19. You will do WHATEVER. IT. TAKES. To stay awake.

20. You’ve developed a very insular, very delirious sense of humor.

You’e lost the ability to make jokes the outer world understands.

21. Your meals are a means to survival ONLY.

Nearest two food items: Sure, this is a meal!

22. Your walls look like a serial killer’s. IT’S FINE.

23. What the space next to your sink constantly looks like.

24. You loooooooooove pop culture references. Love ‘em.

25. You’ve tried the “I’ll just go to bed now, at 8 p.m., and finish this work at 2 a.m.” thing.

I’m sure it’ll go great this time!!

26. There is really only one word that matters to you anymore.

27. Oh, and this one.

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