The Post-Midterm Slump

    Posted on Monday, Apr 02, 2018

    It is seriously that time of the semester.

    That time when I can’t remember the last time I ate a vegetable. *glances guiltily at study nook covered in orange Cheetos dust*

    That time when I can’t seem to find the minutes to take a full shower, let alone go to the gym for an hour.

    When I feel like as soon as I cross one thing off the to-do list, five more have already shown up at the bottom of the page.

    When I have to decide between reading the article, playing with the dog, washing my hair, and cleaning the bathroom – because there isn’t time for all four (spoiler alert: the dog wins).

    When I ask myself – “Are you sure you really need this PhD?”

    The answer is no – I don’t need it. My education doesn’t define me (say it again, Jennie – my education doesn’t define me; lather, rinse, repeat). But I do want it, and the opportunities and avenues that come with it.

    And so, back to work.

    The post-midterm slump, y’all. It’s no joke.

    Dog tax included.

    Jennifer Rhinesmith-Carranza
    Jennifer is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Entomology

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