If you’ve been in grad school and you’ve done a PhD, or even if you haven’t, there is a very good chance you’ve come across the wonderfully entertaining comic “Piled Higher and Deeper” – phdcomics.com (a link to this site is on the side bar of my homepage)
Entertaining? ‘YES’. True? ‘Fraid so’. Why else would a comic become so famous and renound if it weren’t true?
It’s strangely comforting to think that there are others out there facing the same challenges, riding the same emotional roller coaster and carrying the same self-doubt. And it’s all captured and archived into a fantastic comic strip. As I prepare to become a full time cast member in the stories depicted in “Piled Higher and Deeper”, I have to admit, it’s kind of scary.
Over a painstaking couple of weeks I slowly began packing up my entire life into green and blue Rubbermaid containers. I made several trips to Goodwill, sold a few items on kijiji.ca and found storage for the rest. People were saying, “Aren’t you soooo excited!?”, with which I replied, “YES, totally…..but I don’t get to bring my couch (sad face)”. Moving away from somewhere familiar to somewhere different is HARD. Grad students are doing it all the time, moving from one place to the next. If they are professional movers, they have learned well and usually can fit everything they own into one car. Picking up and moving to the next opportunity is a way of life.
Luckily for me, with the spring thaw and an overworked city drainage system, my basement drain backed up and left me a pleasant surprise in my basement. As I was gagging and trying to explain to the landlord what was happening, I realized, change is good and it’s time to move forward! Let’s pack up the car, I’m moving.