Grad School Humor


What do you do when you get bored or worn out in between public defense and private (final) defense? Well, look up for the latest comics, of course!

[Credits to JORGE CHAM]

This is one of my favorites (it represents exactly what I / we typically do when I / we lose self-esteem, thinking “Will I / we ever survive this PhD?” :-/ )


Elsewhere on this blog, I’ve put some fun stuff I found on The Official PHD Comics Group in Facebook, but here are more that jibe with the cartoon above:

Reasons why getting your PhD is like “Lost”:

– You’re broke, hungry, stranded and stuck in one giant mystery

– The view never changes

– Sometimes your life depends on finding a constant

– Somehow you end up working for the guy you hate the most

– There is a crazy woman who has been here for 16 years

– If you’re in the lab long enough, taller ghost walt materializes out of nowhere and says “you’ve got work to do”

– Every problem that you solve brings up 10 new problems

– When (if) you leave, all you want to do is go back

– You’re pretty sure you’re in hell

– In both, survivors try to stay alive 😛

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Here’s another cool one:


More comics at

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Soon after I entered The Official PHD Comics Group in Facebook, a guy friended me.  He called himself “PhD Depression” (up till now I couldn’t quite make out his real identity).  But he’s so SMART! He put up his page to actually give us plenty TIPS!  I reproduce here an excerpt of his blog which has become a favorite of mine:


When starting this blog a few months ago, my goal was to alternate posts between those that document my struggle with PhD Depression and those that provide tips for surviving the PhD program.

I didn’t think it was useful to focus entirely on the negative and wanted to suggest some things that were helping me pull myself out of my all time low, which caused me to start this blog back in July.

I’ve collected the first 10 here for anyone who’s interested in getting an overview of what I said… As usual I’d love to hear feedback if this is useful or worthless or missing something that works for you.

Without further ado…

1. Write down your negative thoughts – Identify what it is that is really bothering you. It doesn’t have to just be a “dear diary” entry, I listed a few different ways to vent…

2. Workout – Get those natural endorphins going and remember that a healthy mind starts with a healthy body. If you suffer from workout motivation problems and/or time limitations like I do, I provided some tips for getting yourself to the gym…

3. Get Social – If you’re like most PhD students, your social life is probably suffering for a number of reasons. I give suggestions on little ways to improve your social life for a happier, more productive you:


Communicate electronically. Whomever thinks that e-communication is the downfall of society hasn’t been a stressed, overworked PhD student – for whom it can be a lifeline. Of course meeting in person or even talking on the phone is better than just keeping an electronic relationship with someone, but it is a great way to keep a lot of people up-to-date on your life and/or communicate quickly. Start a blog so everyone knows what’s going on, follow the blogs of others, tweet someone a quick hello, text a mass “Happy New Years” – these are not the actions that make a relationship deep or everlasting, but keeping up even small amounts of communication can keep you sane.

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