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23 Faces Every Academic Will Recognise

ASK ME WHEN I "GRADUATE" ONE MORE TIME. I DOUBLE-DARE YOU.

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1. When you see the sunlight for the first time after two weeks in the lab.

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2. When you're a PhD student and your thesis "needs major revisions".

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3. When you're a PhD student and your thesis passes.

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4. When you're a postdoc and your paper is rejected.

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5. When you're a postdoc and your paper is accepted.

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6. When you're a professor and your paper is rejected.

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7. When you're a professor and your paper is accepted.

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8. When you have to pull three all-nighters in a row to get your thesis in.

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9. When you press send on an email with the attachment thesis_final_version.doc.

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10. When your supervisor emails back with a "couple of tiny suggestions".

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11. When someone asks "when will you graduate from your PhD?"

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12. When you have to defend your thesis.

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13. When someone at your conference presentation goes on a 10-minute rant disguised as a question.

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14. When your P-value falls just outside significance.

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15. When your friend who has an actual job buys a house/car/expensive-looking sandwich.

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16. When your grant proposal gets accepted.

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17. When a reviewer calls your work "scientifically unsound".

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18. When you're marking undergrad essays.

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19. Writing an email to your professor, as a grad student.

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20. Replying to that email, as a professor.

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21. When the data supports your hypothesis.

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22. When the data supports your hypothesis if you sort of squint a bit.

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23. When the data… really doesn't.

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