As of today, I have officially advanced to PhD candidacy. Which means I'm officially an old grad student. Starting my fifth and last year, my thesis is looming. If I were a guy, I would be planning to if not already sporting a beard.
PhD Comics always gets it so right. I totally did this to a younger grad student this week:
Right now I'm in the midst of a post-qualifier exam, pre-thesis slump. I had some great results early this summer, but the past few weeks I've been sitting on my hands waiting for some of our machines to go back online. In the meantime I've been really lazy, organizing my desk, halfheartedly putting Powerpoint slides together for a conference in Korea next month.
Random semi-work related randomness: I decided a few weeks ago that I should learn Japanese.