When you have to go onto your grad campus for not one but two different noontime meetings for things you are involved with, and neither provides food. I assumed that the noon meeting time meant that some sort of sustenance would be provided?* Hello!?!?! Or you could rename the mandatory meeting a "brown-bag session" and we would have gotten the idea to bring our own consumables. Not only did I have to send a lot of apologetic emails planning how I would be in two places at once for today, and excuse my way early out of one meeting to be able to sneak in late to another, I had to be hungry and grumpy for the duration. Bah!
In other news, applying to postdocs still sucks, being interdisciplinary may mean you can apply to more jobs but it also involves a lot more tailoring, and I have depleted the paper-clip supplies of this and the surrounding three counties. Oh, and applying to postdocs sucks.
* Ok, so one meeting apparently had a small plate of stale cookies going around ---- but there were so many people present that the plate got nowhere near around the room. That hardly counts.
You know what also sucks in addition to post-docs? The fact that science departments are clearly and consistently more able to feed their students, faculty, and staff. Take this disparity:
When we have faculty meetings, we are treated to free tea (no cream) and cookies.
I hear that when Bio-Chem has their faculty meeting, they offer their participants lunch. Catered lunch.
Oh, and did I mention that they have a faculty lounge large enough (and with technology) to accommodate upwards of 40 people, while our faculty meetings are held in open classrooms?
Ooh, so I shouldn't mention the free espresso machine over in the physics building that all their grad students are allowed to use as a matter of course, then. Sorry.
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