The Friday Funny: You just might be an evaluation grad student if …

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It’s that time of the year when graduate students (and academics) are desperately trying to wrap things up and get them signed off before the holidays.

As a source of reflection on how much graduate school [has] changed you, here’s a gem from Aaron Pitluck via Mathematical and Academic Jokes – which we have tweaked specifically for evaluation – for your amusement on a Friday!

You just might be an evaluation grad student if …

  1. You can analyze the merit, worth, or significance of appliances you cannot operate.
  2. Your cubicle is better decorated than your apartment.
  3. You have ever, as a folklore project, attempted to track the progress of your own joke across the Internet.
  4. You are startled to meet people who neither need nor want to read.
  5. You have ever brought a scholarly article to a bar.
  6. You evaluate coffee shops by the availability of outlets for your laptop.
  7. Everything reminds you of evaluation.
  8. You have ever discussed evaluative criteria at a sporting event.
  9. You have ever spent more than $50 on photocopying while researching a single paper.
  10. There is a microfilm reader in the library that you consider “yours.”
  11. You actually have a preference between microfilm and microfiche.
  12. You can tell the time of day by looking at the traffic flow at the library.
  13. You look forward to summers because you’re more productive without the distraction of classes.
  14. You regard ibuprofen as a vitamin.
  15. You consider all papers to be works in progress.
  16. Professors don’t really care when you turn in work anymore.
  17. You find the bibliographies of books more interesting than the actual text.
  18. You have given up trying to keep your books organized and are now just trying to keep them all in the same general area.
  19. You have accepted guilt as an inherent feature of relaxation.
  20. You reflexively start analyzing those greek letters before you realize that it’s a sorority sweatshirt, not an equation.
  21. You find yourself explaining to children that you are in “20th grade”.
  22. You start refering to stories like “Snow White et al.”
  23. You frequently wonder how long you can live on pasta without getting scurvy
  24. You look forward to taking some time off to do laundry
  25. You have more photocopy cards than credit cards
  26. You wonder if APA style allows you to cite talking to yourself as “personal communication”

“Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.”

– Michael Ludwig Spittel University of Wisconsin Department of Sociology/Rural Sociology

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