What kind of graduate student are you?

Graduate school is a roller-coaster ride involving massive ego damage, more work than you've ever imagined, and, perhaps, the opportunity to pursue your dream, or at least be qualified to pursue your dream someday.

What kind of graduate student are you? Are you on the top of the heap? Or maybe your secret fear that you don't belong here is true?? Maybe it's just that fate is calling you in another direction...find out here.

Created by: Kate
1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
Male
Female
3. Have you ever had a real job (not affiliated with any university)?
Yes
No
What exactly do you mean by 'a real job'?
4. If you weren't in grad school, is there anything else you're qualified to do?
Yes
No
Define 'qualified'.
5. What kind of programs did you apply to?
The top 3-5 programs in my chosen field.
I wasn't sure what I wanted, so I applied to several different kinds of programs to see where I'd get in
I only applied to one program - I tried getting in several times before I finally made it
I applied to everything I could think of that might take me
6. How did you arrive at your specialized area of study or thesis topic?
I've been gradually zeroing in on these ideas as my education has progressed from undergrad right up to finishing my degree.
I've known exactly what I wanted to do from the beginning.
I'm not sure, I just kind of fell into this.
I just wanted something practical that I could finish on time.
I've changed my mind many times.
I tried just about everything, and this was the only viable topic left.
7. How many graduate degrees do you already have?
I'm working on my first
1
2
3 or more
8. Why are you taking this quiz?
I'm procrastinating.
I'm not sure whether I should start/stay in my program.
A friend asked me to, otherwise I would never waste my time on this.
9. How many psychosomatic illnesses are you presently suffering from?
5 or more
3-4
1-2
None
10. How many times a day do you question why you're doing this?
Never
Several times a day
Once or twice a day
11. When people ask you what you do for a living, what do you say?
I lie. Anything is better than "grad student."
I name my field of speciality and often give them a long description of my thesis.
I mutter, "grad student," and if they ask anything more I say, "I don't really like to talk about it."
I tell them all about my teaching and the committee I've just organized.
12. What other activities have you voluntarily engaged in while in grad school (i.e., not to fulfill requirements to exclusively to pad your CV)?
Teaching or committee work
Nothing
Hobbies (clubs or athletics), unrelated to your field
Volunteer work outside your academic field
13. Are you published in your field?
Yes
No
Oh my God, I'm supposed to be published ALREADY??!!
14. Have you attended or participated in a professional conference in your field?
Yes
No
Dammit, that's another thing I forgot to do
15. When you see your advisor walking down campus, what do you do?
Hide
Try to get his/her attention because you've been meaning to ask him/her something
Say hi and move on
Invite him/her to participate in a workshop/conference/symposium you're putting together
16. When/if you have time to read for pleasure, what do/would you read?
Anything that's not related to my field
I don't distinguish between "work" and pleasure reading
I like to catch up on novels or classics that I missed because I spend so much time reading/working in my field
I don't read for pleasure
I read anything and everything

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