Saturday, July 29

8 comments:

Scarlet said...

Whatever the merits of your discontinuing your graduate study, I can't help but think you would need only a few days to realize that grape picker was not the optimal alternative.

Anonymous said...

I'm a doctoral student, but just started moonlighting as a pet sitter and off-leash-dog-hiker, and I have to say that it is way better than I imagine grape picking would be, even in the South of France.

Cerise said...

You are both missing the point.

I know exactly what you mean, anonymous fantasy grape-picking graduate student.

Salmon Ella said...

I second Cerise.

twilight blue said...

my fantasy all through graduate school was of the organic goat farm, where we would make artisanal cheeses, roll them in herbs grown in our garden, and sip wine all day as we sold them from our quaint storefront.
someday (i.e., when I have tenure), I want to do a panel at my discipline's annual meeting about the fantasy "roads not taken"...

Turquoise Stuff said...

Twilight - I love the idea of such a panel! I don't know if it has much merit in the domain of research, but conferences are filled with panels related to professionalization so it seems it would fit. Maybe the theme would be to see how people can incorporate the roads not taken into the road they did take.. especially after getting tenure.

katherine said...

it's good to know that other disenchanted graduate students dream of escaping to the south of france. my fantasy is a combination between yours (south of france) and twilight blue's (goat cheese, garden herbs, wine sipping). holy crap!
i must say, that particular fantasy gets me through some tough times. (and yeah, ditto cerise)

bittersweet said...

i also dream of starting my own little organic farm or a winery-- but in italy or anywhere else for that matter! i think its a common grad fantasy (I second the idea of twilight blue's panel)-- i've heard others at my university say the same about "other paths". (-from another semi-disenchanted grad student)

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