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Things You Should Not Say To A PhD Student

Apr 14, 2010

This is especially true if the PhD student in question is under stress trying to keep three of his/her bosses happy.

  1. Pa-download naman ng paper na ito: [insert list of papers here]. – You haven’t emailed for a long, long time, and that’s the first thing you ask? Not even something like, “Hi there, how are you?” If you only remember someone when you need something, you better make it less obvious.
  2. Kumusta ang thesis? – If things are going well, that PhD student is going to announce it to the entire world via Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, or whatever social network. Otherwise, just shut up or risk being punched in the face.
  3. How’s your French? – It’s either you study math intensively or you study French intensively. It can’t be done both ways. Quit it.
  4. Kumusta ang pag-aaral sa compre? – The biggest WTF question of them all. No one should be allowed to do research without completing the f*ing comprehensive exam.
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