Spring Loaded

An non-random, completely lacking construct validity informal study of my colleagues who are also finishing their 3rd year of a PhD program indicates that Easter baskets came with the requisite chocolate, 5 lb weight gain, and a bonus side order of a nervous breakdown.

{There’s a reason over 1/2 those boxing classes are doctoral students.}

nervous breakdown

One of my therapist friends told me LAST TIME I was graduate school that there was no “nervous breakdown” category in the DSM. And this is why business majors are the winners, because the customer is always RIGHT!!!!

Tendrils of reality snake their way through the ever-present exhaustion, and alternately tempt us with glorious visions of paradise, aka a “real” paycheck and/or scenes worthy of Dante (the hellish hamster-wheel of academia: tenure clocks, the editorial process, and online student evaluations.)

The pressure mounts as well-meaning folks ask us if we’re ever going to get out of school. Our eyes glaze over (and perhaps bulge due to rising blood pressure) as we visualize the remaining land-mines planted by our committee in hopes taking down their inter-departmental rival hurdles in this vast desert wasteland that spans the distance between us and the cap-and-gown filled oasis of graduation.

But, as my friend, Stevie, plagarizes the Buddha reminds me:


And so I focus on the positive:

If you live alone, nobody flushes the toilet when you are in the shower.

~her holiness, The Dalai Laura (AABD*)

*Almost All But Dissertation

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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1 Response to Spring Loaded

  1. swanstromm says:

    Loved it. Boxing would have even more doctoral students if you could put committee member faces on punching bags

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