I know that I’m following a very serious and interesting post about Devi’s trip to South Western China with what is probably only a half amusing post- so I apologize for that! Lately I have been extremely busy working on my thesis and my summer course work, working late and not taking any real interest in my personal hygene. Today at the gym, I was incorrectly identified as a member of faculty, and when I looked in the mirror, and started laughing- because I obviously didn’t look like and undergrad, and the incredulity with which i was identified as faculty led me to believe that folks don’t really know what a graduate student in the summer at NDSU looks like!
Therefore I give you: A guide to identifying a graduate student working on a thesis during the summer in North Dakota:
This pictures help identify how graduate students in the summer dress. The undergrads are mostly concerned about the opposite sex, so they dress in tight fitting or “cool” clothes. Graduate students don’t really care about too much except for temperature. ND Summer (at least this summer) is both warm and cold- frost in the morning, 80s during the day. Therefore, shorts and a sweatshirt- and flipflops!
In the summer there is this false assumption that you can sleep in, therefore you stay up late working. Unfortunately, even though you don’t have to get up at 530, the day is pretty much shot unless you get up at 630.
Other identifying features: unshavenness (no time), coffee (no sleep), crazy eyed look (too much reading), and unkempt hair (no care).