An Evening with a Graduate Student
November 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
The New New Yorker
by Courtney Hilden
I had a long, exhausting day, so clearly, this was the time to go out for a drink. We had ended up at this nice restaurant and bar. It wasn’t packed, but there weren’t many places to hang out or sit either. So we had a unstable, little table, just my friend Sarah and I.
Sarah and I had a nice chat. I’d been so busy the last few weeks and she has been on deadline for a paper that neither of us had really seen each other much. She’s one of my new friends I’ve made here in the city. She reminds me a lot of my best friend Ashley, so I guess that Sarah qualifies as my best friend in New York if only because personality-wise they are both so similar.
Sarah is a graduate student, so I find myself wanting to learn more about graduate programs from her. Before I came to New York, I wanted to go to graduate school. I didn’t manage to get in, but New York and the internship I’m on are my way of trying to gain the kind of experiences a graduate school wanted to see. One of the things I didn’t count on was being around graduate students, but that’s okay because it’s an opportunity to learn more.
Sarah told me, among other things that night, that being a graduate student in the U.S. is far harder than it is in the U.K., where she’s from. She suggested going to school there. I was expecting her to tell me about how much work it was, but I didn’t expect her to advise me to go the easy route.