how badly do i need a break?

16/12/2009 at 22:33 | Posted in graduate studies | 2 Comments
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well, it appears that my supervisor is more of a hard-ass than i anticipated.

my brother just purchased a ps3 last night, and since he is away for the holidays, he called me and offered to lend it to me until he gets back in january.  i, of course, accepted.  free ps3 for a month?  why, thank you!

so, i was trying to figure out what game to try out first, and mentioned this to one of the girls in the office, who responded with “oh, don’t you know that we have to work over the holidays?”   i was like “whaaaat?”  and so, according to her, our lab is expected to show up over “supposed” break, even though the university itself is officially closed.

i am, needless to say, in shock.  i mean, wtf?  don’t i put in enough time already, that you have to take away the one bit of mid-winter sanity that we all work toward every november?!  granted, i was thinking about coming in here or there – but i didn’t expect that i’d have to come in.  they are two very different situations.  in one case, you arrive an hour or two after you wake up… at a leisurely sunday morning pace.  in the other: a quick grande pike, shirt on backward, speed through 3 lanes of traffic, all to arrive a half an hour early to get a head start on experiments that will take you until 9pm anyway.

the girl in the lab was like “oh, it’s no big deal, just use your vacation days”

but this is a matter of principle.  no other fucking grad student has to be at school that week.  why the differential treatment?

anyway.  i’m still renting a pile of games and enjoying my evenings to the full.  take that! …sir.

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  1. When you’re polishing your Nobel, you’ll be happy that you worked when all the lazy sluggards around you sipped eggnog and cavorted under mistletoe. Or something.

    Screw that. You deserve a break!

    • turns out that that chick in my office is full of shit. i got an email tonight from my supervisor giving us the week off. what’s sad though is that it wouldn’t surprise me if he HAD told us to work all through it.
      anyway, i DO look forward to a nobel one day. i want to be *JUST* like linus pauling!


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