The TDot Experiment*: Day Seventy-Nine

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When I first heard about The PhD Movie in the summer I went to the website to find the date it would screen in the city I would be in and when I ended up in Toronto I started to worry when no Toronto screenings appeared to be arranged. No one in Toronto wanted to watch it?! But then two screenings appeared and they were copied into my trusty calendar….

I liked the movie in that it was really nice that grad student issues were the star of a movie, albeit a very independent movie. It was not quite as funny as I had hoped for and it took me a little bit of time to warm up to the movie, reduce my expectations, etc. I particularly liked the Prof. Chu character who said the first thing I found truly funny, opening his CS lecture with a crack and air quotes about how how CS qualifies as a “science”. I also nodded vigorously in agreement as Cecilia told her new friend in the ballroom club her appreciation of the rumba over the tango.

As people gathered in the auditorium where the movie was screened, Lil Sis and I wondered if we passed as grad students. Probably. Like the mature student kind, by disposition more than how old we really look. And I thought to myself, with a little pat on my back, how far I have come (especially emotionally) since I was last in grad school.

Still, the idea of a life of pursuit of higher knowledge must be an addiction. When I talk to LV, she also mentions her desire at some time to go back. We’d pursue disciplines we don’t have the luxury to pursue now and although the fields are different we seem motivated to analyze our own lives or something similar! It might also be the Asian in us, can’t drop the idea of being a “doctor” in some manner!

******** This is a blog series complementing my regular blog posts with the original idea was to share our parallel lives, NPY’s and mine, while I’m in Toronto and he’s in Vancouver, 3,400 km away. For me, it’s been pretty fun because I’m this long-time blogger and enjoy repackaging parts of my life in “blog bites”. It’s been more difficult for NPY who hasn’t experienced a change in scenery (although I do not think it is necessary) so I’ll be continuing this with just my photos. I might have something every day. I might not.

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