Thursday, October 05, 2006

Rants of the frustrated Grad..Stud.. :)

I feel like a Greek Tragedy today. Things are not really any different from yesterday and won't be too different tomorrow, but I just felt like saying that sentence aloud for what it is worth!

Its strange the life of a Graduate student. Our lives are very much governed by our research. One happy day of results, working setups, very happy advisor can be followed by discovering next day that some of those results are not quite correct. What was working yesterday, ain't working no more. Advisor is upset for unknown reasons. And there you go..there is tragedy for you! Of course the most tragic part of graduate life is not graduating, which is omnipresent till the day you actually graduate!

If you think about it five or more years of "prime" life is spent worrying over the "thesis" which doesn't exist till it does and you are done. While other normal people are going home with big bucks, to their spouces and maybe even noisy children. A graduate student usually comes home to an empty apartment..regardless of whether the person in question is living alone or with roommates (their roommates probably having completely different waking hours).
Most of social talk involves comparing advisor idiosyncrasies, complaining or praising..(yep sometimes that happens) advisors..and other such important matters. When bored of conversing, the GS's watch movies together..sometimes some of them will also cook for another 10 of them..just to spice up things!

In all every day is the same..perhaps the rest of the world doesn't live a very different life.. but what would the frog in the pond know about the sea haan?


Anonymous said...

Other things that grad students do

1. Blog :d
2. Check email every ten minutes
3. Try and stream free desi music channels :P

Anonymous said...

Everything you said is true for anyone under the sun (with a job). Just replace advisor with boss, thesis with project.
We're all the same :)

Born a Libran said...

One day, you are frustrated and the other, you are happy... Isnt that a summary of life as a whole?

ligne said...

anon1 : yep I should have included those too :)reading movie reviews...
anon2: I refuse to believe that..the other side of the world has weekends off from work..or doesnt it?
bal: That is true..sometimes the changes are too sudden too handle.!