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Ten Signs You Need to Get Out of Grad School September 13, 2009

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Academically Speaking.

A little a something for the post-grads out there:

  1. People admitted to the academic program after you came in are beginning to graduate.
  2. Your classmates consistently thank you for the huge grade curve.
  3. You start rationalizing that you deserve the degree purely on the basis that some of your classmates are idiots. (Of course they’re not. Well, except maybe that one guy…)
  4. It dawns on you that a lot of people have either achieved or earned more knowing far, far less.
  5. You wake up one morning and realize that you don’t know much more than you did yesterday.
  6. You actually want to get a real job.
  7. All your friends already think you’ve graduated (and it’s getting embarrassing to tell them otherwise).
  8. You begin to feel that the thesis/dissertation is the least exciting thing you’ve done since getting into grad school.
  9. When reading through cutting-edge research in academic journals, it takes all your might not to cry out, “Who cares?!”
  10. You begin writing about signs you might not be long for grad school.

And before anyone asks: yes, this is the sort of thing I come up with whilst dissertating.



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