Post Academic

The Post Academic Survival Guide to Grad School: Freeloading and living on the cheap (with poll)

Posted in First Person,Surviving Grad School by Arnold Pan on April 22, 2010
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Piggybacking on Caroline’s wonderful interview with Adam Ruben about his book, Surviving Your Stupid Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School, we wanted to offer our own little survival guide.  Today’s topic is freeloading, and how to make the most of stuff you can get for nothing or close to it because that’s what you’re getting paid.  Maybe we should add the freeloader to the grad student personality types we’ve mentioned here and here

1. Food: Getting free food is a good place to start, since it’s still somewhat common even with budget cuts hitting schools everywhere.  Usually, the price of admission is only your time and maybe a little bit of your attention.  And since events supplemented with food usually take place during times when people aren’t teaching or going to class, there’s a good chance that they will coincide with lunch time or a nice afternoon snack.  I’ve been to events that have offered trendy vegan sandwiches, Vietnamese subs, all sorts of pizza, and even a taco buffet.  At the very least, you’ll score some cookies or a fruit-cheese platter, and coffee.  Keep an eye out, especially, for anything that a Dean organizes or a beginning/end of the year departmental open houses, where they know food is a way to fill seats.  Also, student recruitment events are a good bet for good food.  But be forewarned that everyone else knows this too, so show up a little early if you want enough to eat.

More free stuff below the jump!…