9:00 am – Arrived.
9-10 am – Chatted with fellow lab scut monkey until major professor showed up, after which I retreated into my “office” to turn on my laptop in order to appear productive.
10-11am – Surfed my daily list of websites.
11am – Ran out of interesting sites to surf, so I started writing this post to kill time until lunch.
11:10 am – Major professor asks if I’ve started studying for the quals yet. “Yes, of course,” I say as I’m surfing TMBN. He then proceeds to go on about something or other that has something to do with the quals while I’m not listening because he’s said all these things a million times before.
11:30 am – Submitted a post for Grand Rounds.
11:31 am – Oh darnit, nothing to do again. Let’s check Cute Overload again.
11:32 am – Killing time until lunch by writing weekend posts.
11:40 am – Med school classmate IMs me…Whoo-hoo! Someone to talk to!
12:00 pm – Whoo-hoo! Lunchtime, finally!
1:00 pm – Darn, back to being bored to death…
1:05 pm – Overheard major professor saying that he’s leaving at 2 pm. Performed a little dance for joy.
1:45 pm – Finished up my weekend filler posts.
1:48 pm – Eagerly waiting for major professor to leave.
2:05 pm – Whoo-hoo! He left!
2:15 pm – Now that I’ve waited a whole 10 minutes to make sure he’s really gone, I’m outta here!

Now, kids, before you all go running off to submit your applications to grad school because of how lax it seems, let me warn you that being able to do nothing all day like I am isn’t as good as it sounds. Why? Simply because the less work you do, the less likely you’ll actually ever finish. That’s right—you actually have to do some sort of work to get that PhD. And though it might seem fun to do nothing at first, trust me, it really isn’t when you’re doing nothing day in and day out for a year. And that is exactly what is wrong with my current situation: I just want to finish up this PhD thing and go back to med school. That’s all I want. But I can’t. Because my major professor is a bum who doesn’t quite have a grasp of the project that he’s shoved down my throat as the experiments fail over and over again but who won’t let me even have an inkling of a free thought let alone pursue other ideas that just may work. I think I just might die of boredom.

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