Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Ah, for the Good Ol' Days of Grad School

There are many times in one's life when someone more experienced (i.e., older) gives you some advice, and you think, "WHAT!?!?!?!?!" I have found that I usually feel foolish later about that feeling.

Mentor extraordinare Annie Lang used to tell me that I had it made in graduate school. I could hardly imagine this. Classes. Papers. Research assistant work. Endless, it seemed.

One day on third floor of the Radio/TV building, IU professor Harmeet Sawhney pined for the good 'ol days of graduate school. He had time to work on things then, he said. "WHAT!?!?!?!?!," I thought. Seriously, I thought the man was delusional. Time in graduate school? Ha!

Fast forward a couple of years, and I must admit they were right. I have time for nothing. The clock spins like some kind of weird fast forward montage from a movie. It was 1 p.m. earlier today. I thought, "Aha! I have an afternoon." No. Grant application. Make-up exam. Read master's thesis. Powerpoints for tomorrow. Oops. Day is over. Next.

On to the next one. Life is relative, you know. And it's funny how time has a way of making us feel foolish!


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