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Last Week on Post Academic (4/18-4/24)

Thanks, new and loyal readers, for bringing more traffic to the blog than ever this week–and by a wide margin!  A lot of it had to do with Caroline’s wonderful interview posts with Adam Ruben for his book Surviving Your Stupid Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.  We had a whole lot of other stuff going on here as well last week, and here are some of our picks to click that might have been lost in the shuffle:

* In the spirit of Adam’s book, we looked into ways grad students can persevere the average 9.3 years they spend (trying) to get their Ph.Ds.  Caroline wrote about how to improve grad student-faculty relationships and the kinds of part-time work grad students can find to make ends meet.  Arnold provided some advice on more shifty ways to subsist through freeloading.

* Some more practical, concrete help to improve the grad school experience would help, though.  Arnold found some possible solutions to the latest, greatest crisis in graduate education.

* Try typing “grad students” into a Google search and submitting a thesis topic to the new site, and see what you come up with!

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Type “grad students” in a Google search…

Posted in Absurdities by Arnold Pan on April 17, 2010
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…and one of the top autofill choices you’ll find is “grad students are the worst people.”  Just try it.  I came upon this when trying to–unsuccessfully–search for a column I read a while ago about how graduate students live socially conservative lives, despite their seemingly lefty politics and radically-oriented research interests.  What I discovered instead was “graduate students are the worst” and the 30 Rock clip where the quote came from, which led me to another video from The Simpsons.  It seems appropriate to end a week where we’ve devoted a lot of energy and posts to defending grad students from the way they’re viewed in the popular consciousness to see how they’re viewed in the popular consciousness.  We can take a joke, can’t we?

From 30 Rock–Wait until the end of the clip…

From The Simpsons–There are actually three funny little snippets…

The Utne Reader picks up on quotes from both these clips and adds some commentary under the splashy title “The Case Against Grad School”, but who needs to intellectualize the humor with a bunch of smarty pants explanation?  Uh-oh, better stop here before I go too far with my own.  Enjoy the TV!