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grad school humor

heehee. its been ages since i read phd comics, so i had an extra belly-full of laughs when i dropped by their site today. i love the comics because they truly portray the life of grad students. where's the humor in that? its kind of hard to explain, but one thing you realize halfway through---if you don't laugh about yourself, you'll just end up crying and banging your head against a brick wall (or whatever finish the nearest wall has). and the beauty of this comic is realizing that you are not alone in your suffering, grad school people all over the world share in your misery. yay! it makes you want to shout in glee: hindi ako nag-iisa!

sure, grad school may sound cool, but it has a lot of downsides as well. people who go into grad school full-time miss out a lot on industry-related developments and bind themselves to the academe. plus, not many people walk this road, you end up feeling isolated from the rest of the world. who cares about theories when people are living in the REAL WORLD? 

in the end, you have to make a choice---academe or real life. wahahaha! grad school isn't all high-falluting intellectualism, its simply people trying to find solutions in their own way. no problems to solve? then you have to make up your own. and take it from me, that's even harder. para kang naghanap ng martilyong ipapampukpok mo sa ulo mo. seriously.
the edits on these road signs were really funny ;-) love love the last one. i wish they would have signs like these in my university. stuff like "this wall is for bashing your ass of a research assistant in," or signs that flash "free food here!" whenever theres a reception at some department. i swear in my first year, my classmates and i must've crashed 10 parties. half of them weren't even in our department! its reality---grad students on tiny stipends are natural freeloaders ;-)

this one was funny---people always wonder how some grad studes come up with 350-page dissertations---paano nga ba? cecilia (the girl in the red shirt above) received the advice: "Every thesis begins with a single keystroke." and of course, she begins with ctrl-c. wahahaha! i remember when i started thinking about a thesis topic, i was so optimistic. i wanted something ground-breaking, something original. yeah right, there's so little originality in the academe these days. plus, you have to do benchmarking, so you really have to find reputable articles and books to support your idea. so in effect, its true, thesis can start with a ctrl-c. diba, diba? aminin ;-)

this one was really hilarious. mike, the eternal grad student (who incidentally is a post-doc too. yikes! that makes me ... nevermind), listens to his wife rant about her getting laid off. she was told that all the work she had done for the past few years didn't matter at all. of course she was shocked. sakit no? mike however is non-plussed, as a grad student, he's used to that sort of bashing. sheesh. imagine slaving for hours, days, or weeks just to be told to do it over again kasi walang kwenta lahat ng ginawa mo. lekat. imagine that multiplied by the number of meetings you have with your proffy. ang saya-saya! it'd make anyone want to jump out of a window. thankfully ours has a wide ledge. hahaha!


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want more? hop on over to the PhD comics website ;-)

what about you guys, any funny memories of when you were studying?
Haha, I've been thinking of getting some of those awesome degrees too after College but I guess I won't be able to do it because I always procrastinate. But I want to! After all, I don't just want to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology - I want something far better.

I'm only in my 2nd year of College but it has fun. High School was fun but College is much more awesome because you get to do whatever you like. I'm not really a wild person but I can be mischievous LOL.
hahahah! i know what you mean about college being crazy. i had a really fun time in uni too! grad school was fun because i had to go out of the country to do it, and i experienced living by myself. which is a first considering how cosseted we are by our family in the philippines ;-)
Thanks for the laugh.I just checked out the website! Thanks for sharing this!
thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! :) I love your posts! :)
Happy Easter!!!
every grad student should visit it!
diba? i've been following this strip din for over 2 years now and i've been sharing it sa classmates ko. sinisingit ko minsan 1 slide during presentations and nakaka-relate talaga sila!

lalo na ngayon... "What IS the Thesis?" lol :)