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Grad Students are Weird…

June 17, 2009


For some reason, I’ve always found graduate and professional (i.e. med and law) students to be a bit… odd.  Somehow attaining that additional degree seems to also come attached with the acquisition of some quirky characteristics.  They may be genuinely nice people, but when it comes to their mannerisms and social tendencies, there’s something off about them – whether it be with the way they act, dress or converse with other people.

Case in point:  TAs.

Many grad students take on TA-ships to fund for their own degree.  With that said, for every one “normal” TA, there are usually 10 oddball TAs conducting tutorials.  I myself have had to deal with many of these oddballs.  The strangest one that I’ve ever encountered was the one who always wore shorts.  This TA wore shorts 24/7.  His entire wardrobe consisted of shorts and running shoes!  Many of us questioned whether he even owned a pair of pants.

Now this preference for wearing shorts year-round might not have come across as unusual if say, Undergrad U was located somewhere that only experienced sunny and warm climates.  Unfortunately, Undergrad U is home to some brutal Canadian winters.  Of course, this seasonal weather never seemed to phase this “Iron Legged”-TA considering how he was spotted multiple times braving the cold winter weather in shorts.

Like I said before, grad students are quite strange.

Perhaps, the reason behind their eccentric habits is because after exhausting their brain power on academic pursuits, they become too tired to remember how to handle social interactions properly normally.  Or quite possibly, couldn’t care less.  I mean, spending the majority of your time with a petri dish of bacteria or figuring out the kinks of SPSS than with people will probably put a damper on your social life.

Such is the life of a grad student.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2009 11:38 PM

    looking forward to reading about when you develop your own fetishes.

  2. June 19, 2009 10:02 PM

    Come on, Tammy, real Canadians wear shorts. When the first Jays game of the season was playing, CityTV went out to interview the fanboys a.k.a. “the boys of summer” despite decidedly non-summery temperatures. The reporter stopped to ask one of the boys in the crowd, “Why are you wearing shorts?!” He replied, “BECAUSE THEY’RE BLUE!!!”

    That said, I only own two pairs of shorts, and they don’t see much use.


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