I am the most senior grad student in the Hand-Waver lab and have been for all but a month of my tenure there. This has made for an interesting ride. My predecessors, A & T, have been good about answering questions I ask by email but it’s just not the same as having someone physically present.
See, when someone is around for you to bump into at random times, you can talk about what’s going on in your life, and they can give you little tips.
Right now I’m kinda peeved that no one was around to tell me to take a copy of the Admission to Candidacy paperwork to my oral exams.
So now I’m running all around campus trying to find people to get them to sign the stupid form. Two of my committee members are excessively busy and almost never around; another is currently overseas, which means he won’t be available to sign for another week or so. Why didn’t I just bring the papers in to my orals when everyone was in one room? Well, I had too much on my mind…but a more senior grad student who wasn’t so frazzled could have given me a gentle reminder.
Oh well. I’ll tell DannyBoy when he goes up for candidacy next year.