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Grad Student Holidays


Place Settings

A festive place setting.

Wednesday was my first official University holiday as a graduate student. I had no idea what to do.

Classes were cancelled but should I go in to the office? Should I still do work? Or do I take the whole day off (to do homework)?

I decided to go in for the amount of time I would have worked on Wednesday anyway. Most of my officemates were there but my advisor was not, perhaps I could have worked from home.

Then there is the issue of the university breaks between quarters. I am pretty sure that I don’t get any of that time off aside for maybe Christmas and New Years. No where does it say how many paid vacation days I have during the year, I assume I have some but it might all just be unofficial and between me and my advisor.

There is also the possibility of unpaid vacation time and I may tap into that for a family trip to Norway during the summer.

I should just clarify all of this with my advisor.


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Serene Summer Schedule



Summer Vacation is tough.

Summer Vacation is tough.


Tomorrow is the end of a three week break in the middle of my greater summer break. Tomorrow I return to work at Think Tank Photo. My Dad works there and the company was looking for summer help organizing stock and taking out the cardboard. A very exciting job. But the hours are not bad, it is a good environment and I get lunch every day. It is also an inside job in an air conditioned building without a cubicle in sight. Three weeks ago I finished most of the jobs I needed to do at the job, so I took the week off (I went to the beach). The following two weeks my Dad was on a business trip to Hong Kong and Vietnam to view the factories and work with employees over there, since my Dad was also my ride to work I took those two weeks off also.

With my part time job back I will have to give up my intense summer schedule that I have developed over the past few weeks:

Wake up at around 8 in the morning, proceed to sit in bed with my laptop for a good hour or so. By the time I am out of my bed everyone else in the house has gone to work or started their day. Eat a healthy breakfast of cold cereal made mostly of sugar while reading headlines from The Wall Street Journal and The Press Democrat. Read or play video games to about 11:30 or so. About this time of day I either eat lunch or go outside and read in the sunlight for an hour. Eyes dazzled by staring at a sunlit page I come inside to scrounge up a lunch from food stuffs trapped in the refrigerator. From this point until about five I usually do any chores on my to do list followed by posting on this here blog. This is usually done from a couch while my brothers girlfriend watches sitcoms on TV. Either people start trickling in for the evening or they are all in busy, in either case I usually check back on the internet around this time (someone has to make sure it is still there) and do more strenuous work such as dealing with unplayed video games. The evening are not so structured since most people are finished with their jobs for the day (I finished mine by making sure no one broke into the house) though most of them have dinner sometime around eight.

It is a stressful and time consuming job not having work to do. On my night stand I have the most recent edition of Cracking the GRE by The Princeton Review. I have yet to crack it open. Well I have until September 20th to enjoy my (potentially) last summer vacation. Next year I might have responsibilities or series to decisions to consider. Until then I plan to enjoy the warm sunlight while I can.

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