Monday, November 29, 2004

The Low-Point, II

On the subject of low-points.... I've been musing on graduate school, and the worst ever moment of it. This is a challenging exercise, though, for, like potato chips, its awfully hard to stop at just one.

Should it be taking Intro Statistics for the fourth time and just barely passing? Oh! Or how about the time, "Z" (a clever pseudonym) asked to borrow my finished problem set in 361 supposedly so she could "see how I'd solved all the problems," but instead she made a shitty copy of it and turned it in as her own? Oh, and I didn't find out about it until we BOTH got accused of cheating, 'cause, um, turns out when the two dumbest kids in the class cheat off of each other its usually super easy to catch them at it (in our case because we(I)had gotten, like, EVERY SINGLE PROBLEM WRONG...but all in the same uniquely fucked up way. Also, because she didn't bother to show any work, she just turned in a blank page with all of my final answers.) Yeah, that was awesome!

Or, how about the time I really needed a car, but I couldn't afford one because I make about 11Ks a year....so I bought one off of "socgradchat" for two hundred dollars and it didn't have an exhaust system so the cab filled up with Carbon Monoxide whenever it was driven? Yeah, that was bitchin'! I drove it anyway, even though the fumes made me sick to my stomach, because I'm poor and it's not like a little Carbon Monoxide ever killed anyone...Oh, no wait...IT SO TOTALLY HAS! Yeah, also, I need to go into about $8,000 in student loan debt every year just to make ends meet. That rules. Plus, whenever I talk to someone from financial aid, I usually end up crying, because they've lost my check, or because they've decided that I can't have any money anymore because I've gone past ten semesters, or whatever. That sure is embarrassing...

Heh. right.

So my faithful reader(s?) what's your grad school low point? Post a comment. I want the details of your sad and pointless lives, as much as you no doubt enjoy perusing mine.

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Blogger sep said...

ok, i'll bite...

first semester, taking TWO remedial classes (sadistics and undergrad methods) even though I transferred with a masters' degree in the same discipline. After taking my first stats exam during which i broke down in tears and had a panic attack, I took the bus to my car and sat in the parking lot for two hours sobbing like a baby...

four years later and I'm still struggling through my final stats class (second time around, mind you) and I'm still a little sniffly...

only once since i decided to go to grad school have i seriously considered dropping out and it was over stats?

oy vey!

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