Putting the AWESOME in Grad School
First & foremost, thank
Thank you for reading this blog over the past 13 weeks. We’ve chatted about everything from work/life balance to conferences to giving thanks. I hope you found these post somewhat interesting, maybe a little bit informative, and, if nothing else, light-hearted and, at times, humorous.
I think that being a graduate student is a pretty hard gig. It’s easy to get bogged down in the papers, reading, and run-of-the-mill stressed associated with the college life. Then, add intense internships or graduate assistantships to the mix, and, well, it’s easy to sometimes want to just pull your hair out. You may feel like you have no time for yourself. You can’t seem to make it to the gym. You’ve probably forgotten what it’s like to have a social life. And, weekends are your time to do all the work you couldn’t find time to do during the week. You’re just in between two identities…student & professional, and, at times, you can feel like you’re experiencing an identify crisis.
Phew, now that’s depressing. But, I’m not done. A few years ago, I picked up this awesome book aptly called The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. It talks about the simple awesome things in life that many of us often overlook as we get consumed in the busyness and craziness of our lives.
Check out this Ted Talk by the author in which he talks about the inspiration behind these books:
Q: So, what does all this have to do with grad school?
A: There are AWESOME things about the grad school life, so let’s not completely overlook them.
1) Low on the Totem Poll: Considering your place in the hierarchy, you can only screw things up “so” much. It’s likely that you don’t yet have 100% of the responsibilities of a professional in your field. So, in your internships, there’s generally someone else more responsible for what goes on than you. If a professional gives you instructions that were wrong, you dodge the blame. It sound bad, but it’s true. I’m not saying that grad students have a free “screw up” pass…Not at all. But, there is a degree to which others carry the brunt of the accountability burden. After all, you’re new at this…you’re just learning. And, that’s awesome.
2) Student Status: Oh, the almighty powerful student status! There are so many benefits. Beyond the student discounts I talked about in a previous post, you also get to defer your student loans. For some, you can stay on your parents’ insurance longer if you’re a student. With good grades, you can also get a discounted rate on auto insurance. Now, that’s awesome!
3) Holiday Breaks: One month of winter break! Unless you work in education in the future, enjoy these while you can. Enough said: Awesome.
4) Grad Student Humor: Let’s face it. Grad students are creative, and they let that creativity flow in moments of procrastination and distraction. Thanks to many witty grad students out there, we have a bounty of memes and .gifs to bring smiles to our faces. Some of them really capture the life of a grad student. Check some out below. They’re awesome-ly funny...
MONDAY MORNING AFTER I’VE SPOILED MYSELF ALL WEEKEND BY SLEEPING IN
OUTSIDE OF GRAD SCHOOL
THE WEEKEND AFTER I RECEIVE MY STIPEND
WHEN I FIND LEFTOVER PIZZA & THE BOXES ARE ALL EMPTY
OUT OF SHAPE SINCE STARTING GRAD SCHOOL
WALKING INTO THE LIBRARY ON FRIDAY NIGHT
.gifs courtesy of: whatshouldwecallgradschool
March of the Grad Students
memes courtesy of gradschoolmeme.com
5) Learning: You get to put on your thinking cap every day! Being a student is a gift. While your degree costs money, your education is priceless…A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
So, when you find yourself succumbing to the woes of graduate student life, take a look at this list, come up with your own awesome things about being a grad student, and share the awesomeness with friends.
Finding the awesome in the small things does not just apply to being a grad student–it applies to LIFE.
For more awesomeness, take a look at the 1000 Awesome Things blog.Trust me, you’ll find yourself saying, “YES, that IS awesome!”
LOOK OUT FOR NEW POSTS STARTING NEXT SEMESTER!
– Nicole Ponticorvo 🙂