Day in the Life of a Pitt Graduate Student
5:55 a.m. - Finish all necessary experiments to complete PhD dissertation three years early, with groundbreaking scientific results.
6 a.m.- Alarm rings; realize successful thesis completion was only a dream. Get ready for work. Convince cats they can’t come to the lab today.
7:45 a.m.- Arrive at the Life Sciences Annex in the Clapp, Langley, and Crawford halls complex—home of caffeine-laden scientists. Begin ruthless experimentation and brew of copious amounts of coffee.
10:15 a.m.- Coffee and science: A match made in the heavens.
1 p.m. - Obtain cheap and delicious Indian food from the trucks on Bigelow Boulevard. Purchase the “large” and realize I now have surplus lunch for at least two days.
3 p.m.- Even scientists get the “3 PM slump.” Round up some colleagues and head to Starbucks.
6:30 p.m.- Wrap up experiments for the day and prep for tomorrow. Decide to go shopping for funky attire and accessories at Avalon in Squirrel Hill. I didn’t spend more than $20 to be this fashion-forward!
7:30 p.m. - Head to the gym to work off some of that Indian food. Successfully ignore Coldstone Creamery and the cupcake store near the gym (even though they are really really good).
9 p.m.- Arrive home, tend to cats. Catch up on the day’s news and recent tantalizing science articles.
11 p.m.- Sweet dreams of successful thesis defense...
What Makes Pittsburgh Distinctive?
- The awesome view of the city at night, as viewed from any of the major highways.
- You can live in a quiet country setting (quite cheaply, I might add) and still be within 20 minutes of the city.
- I’ve lived here all of my life, and I still haven’t done everything there is to do!