Wednesday, March 12, 2008

List #39...Grad Student Perks

There are few perks that go along with being a graduate student. Unless, of course, you happen to enjoy long hours, low pay, and worst of all, the lack of a finite ending. Yeah, yeah, there is the joy of possible scientific discovery, and someday at the end of all of this, I'll get a Ph.D. and start insisting that people call me "Doctor." Just kidding, I would never do that. (What do you think I am, an M.D.?) But for now, here's a list of the perks that occasionally brighten my day.

1. Easy access to scientific items for Halloween costume purposes. Need a syringe? Lab coat? I'll hook you up.

2. Leftover food from seminars. Occasionally, meetings are held in which food is served. It's pretty much standard policy that any leftover food is immediately snagged by a grad student, tech, or post doc and then transported to the lunchroom for the enjoyment of many. When it comes to scavenging abilities, Scientists > Vultures.

3. If I am wearing nail polish and chip it, I don't need to worry about finding nail polish remover, because hello lab acetone!

4. You can wear the same jeans two days in a row and no one cares. Not that I do this.

5. The view is quite nice.

There's a notch in the roof of the building across the street, and I like how the Prudential and 111 Boylston line up inside it. For the past couple of weeks, a crane has been hanging out there as well. Speaking of the Pru, did anyone else notice that the top of it was lit up in blue last week? Does anyone know why? It's back to normal, this week, thank goodness. The blue reminded me too much of the State Street building, which I think looks evil, but not nearly as menacing as Chicago's Sears Tower.


Nitsirk said...

So far I have been called "Dr" only by my mom. Also, I got a job (in industry) where I can also wear the same pair of jeans 2 days in a row (not that I do this either).

Hope things start moving along for you soon. I am coming back for Amanda's defense- it will be weird I am sure and a certain former PI of mine will certainly ask about a paper that still hasn't been submitted. You can run.....

nad said...

There were blue lights recently at many landmarks to celebrate the launch of the website,, a support group for women with ties to the military. Last November, there were blue lights to remember World Diabetes Day. A single, steady blue weather light (at the top of the tower) means clear weather.

totally cribbed from Yahoo answers.

Anonymous said...

I work in non-profit and i do wear the same pair of jeans two days in a row--most of the time more. whatevs. don't judge.

eileen said...

No idea you had a blog....well, see you Friday :)

Neal- seems like no one knows the answer (it's definitely not the weather thing- wrong building!). Here's a nice photo, though.

Nitsirk said...

I didn't know you had one either, I just saw it on Facebook or somewhere like that.

I started mine a couple years ago when I needed an outlet to vent grad school frustration. Obviously it has taken on a different slant since then.

KcM said...

2 days in a row? Try 2 weeks.

Although that may only be the humanities side, where we don't actually talk to other people IRL.