A day in the life of a grad-student...


  6:30  Wakeup and lie awake in Bed
  6:31  Realize you spent $18 on last night's dinner,
        means no eating out for the next 6  weeks
  6:32  Hit snooze button.  Go back to sleep.
  7:00  Wake up suddenly with heart in mouth when you
        realize you didn't hit the snooze   button--you turned it off.
  7:01  fall asleep again.
  7:44  Wake up with heart in mouth again.
  7:45  Ready to go to school, will shave tommorrow,
        will eat early brunch at
        (Denny's/Penny's/Lenny's/Dinko's whatever
  8:03  Arrive at school
        Realize your foreign officemate arrived earlier
        today must have got more work   done
  8:04  Pass by Advisor's office, chat with Secretary to
        find out if he is coming in today. He   is, darn.
        Need to start work on the draft due this afternoon.
  8:15  Read electronic mail
  8:20  Delete mail from students taking CMPSC201
        regarding questions about the class.
        Hate your TA job.
        Depression: too much work to do today
  9:00  For jumpstart: go to Pepsi machine.
  9:05  Kick Pepsi machine; promise yourself to call up
        the company  and ask for your   money back.
        Wonder why they would beleive you.
  9:33  Start printing out loads of stuff that may be
        vaguely related to your work.
  9:41  Early morning stupefaction.
        Mutter racist comments to yourself about your
  9:43  Curse your officemate in a low tone he would not
        Feel good about him not grasping English well.
  9:58  Finger everyone in the department and most
        people half way around the world    (using the "finger"
        command, of course)
  10:19 Feel sleepy, should not have stayed late playing
        tetris last night.
  10:31 momentary panic attack!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10:43 edit .plan file. write a shell program to edit .plan
        more easily
  10:59 Drop in at advisor's office and borrow something
        you dont need & and kinda make  him aware you are working
        hard on your project.
  11:05 perverted daydreams
  11:11 read electronic news
        mid-morning yawn time
  11:34 Start typing junk at a very high key-in rate to
        pretend you are working hard as your    advisor passes by
        from outside.
  11:35 Press the BackSpace key for one and a half
        minute until all the garbage you typed  in is erased.
        Realize that you can type more than 256
        characters per half minute
  11:41 Flirt with the new girl in the department
  11:45 Print out some slides for afternoon's draft +
  11:47 Print them again, you forgot to change the date
        from last presentation
  11:49 Print another copy in case this one gets lost
  11:51 Completely forget about sueing the coffee-
        machine company
  12:15 Hunger pangs:
  12:20 BigMac/Fries time
        Drink a not-so-cold generic can of cola from your
        desk. Ch-Ching, you just saved 35 cents by buying bulk
  1:00  Group Meeting with advisor
  1:14  sudden awareness of one's shallowness
        resentment towards foriegn officemate for
        sucking up to your advisor
        Get reminded by your advisor that you need to do
        some more work for your literature survey.
  1:51  Advisor hands you the reddened copy of your
        draft for corrections
  1:51:02   The 49 second urge to murder advisor begins!!
  1:51:52   Realize that he controls your
            possiblity/graduation date/all job
            opportunities/and the rest of your life.
  1:52:53   Thank him
  1:52:54   Thank yourself for not saying something
            stupid to your advisor.
  1:53:00   splitting headache #1
  1:59          Check electronic mail, don't reply though, you are
                too busy to do that
  2:06          More generic cola
  2:17          Oh No, it is my turn to cook tonite :-(
  2:30          Sit through the class you were told to sit through
  2:39          Look outside the window make unrealistic plans
                to quit this degree program and take up a job.
                Wonder why blonde girls are so pretty.
  2:48          More perverted day-dreams.
                Close the office door and open a few .gif files.
                sharpen pencil
  3:06          worry about never graduating
                time to write a letter--NOT!  no time for that.
                rearrange desk
                call up bank; see if you have any money
                fear of losing aid next Fall
                Read latex manuals to figure out how to put
                &$%&% in %$^% format
  3:43          watch the clock
                make plans to do a all-nighter tonite
                Vow to watch only 2 TV programs
  4:58          Notice Advisor leave
  4:58:01       Sudden sense of freedom
                Go home for quick, short dinner break.
  9:00pm        Come into the office
  9:01pm        The hard working grad student you are, you have
                to come to the office late at night to "get the work done"
  9:03          Check electronic mail
                Decide it would be a good time to attack those ftp
                sites since network wont be loaded
                Run into "since network wont be loaded" traffic
                and get the pictures into your  machine.
                Compress all unwanted research/class directories
                to make space.
                Back up all your pictures
  10:11         Admire pictures
                Begin work; Realize you need references
                Realize its too late today to go to the library
                Sudden feeling of having wasted the day
  10:49         Sudden feeling of possibly having to waste the
                night Decide to turn in early and come back very early
                tommorrow morning
                Decide to play a Tetris on the system to put
                yourself in a good mood.
  11:15         Play game after game after game to improve your
                score and get on the scoreboard.
                Realize that your officemate is still at number 6,
                two notches above you on the    scoreboard.
  12:20         Play until you beat your officemate into the 7th
                place. A sense of achievment!! Yes, today was not
                wasted!! Return home to find your roommate watching
                David Letterman reruns on NBC. Tell him about the "hard
                working grad student day you had"
                Discuss philosophy with roommate
  1:09          Think about becoming a philosopher and dining
                with 4 others
                (The Dining Philosophers problem, hee hee :-)
                (Comp Sci joke)
                Argue with him about politics, why people prefer
                Japanese cars and whether it is better to set the heat to "hot"
                or "cold" to defrost the windshields faster.
  1:49          Realize neither of you have bought milk today
                Get reminded of the "too much milk problem"
  2:04          Forget about getting up early. Turn the phone
                ringer off and go to sleep.