Day in the Life of a Pitt Graduate Student
6:00 – One Word - Coffee
6:15 I need clean clothes, so I run down to the dryer
6:20 Should I read Research articles & plan experiments?
6:21 Nothing new on Myspace.
7:00 Breakfast of champions
7:20 I depart home for the bus
7:25 Still walking, it’s chilly today
7:40 I arrive in Oakland, and look up the hill; I walk up & down this every day. It’s good for the gluteus maximus and the adductor magnus. Silly cars in line for the garage.
7:45 I made it…faster than those cars into the garage
7:45 4th floor--where the lab (aka “second home”) is. I would have taken a photo of the lobby, but security gets mad when we do that.
8:30 Working in the lab…I am washing membranes from a western blot
8:45 Working in the lab…I weigh out chemicals that go in the buffer
9:00 Working in the lab… I like to filter before using it, any antibodies that I use as reagents would stick to any insoluble components in the milk solution – not everyone else does this but I am OCD
9:15 Labmate, Karen arrives. Yeah for human contact!
9:15 Working in the lab…Applying antibody to the membranes
9:20 Working in the lab… They incubate overnight; I won’t have to think about it until tomorrow
10:00 Karen and look up Family Guy videos
11:00 I have to go to the grad-office and the student lounge. I like to have a gander out the window on the pedestrian bridge to assess the weather and traffic. My lab is in the building on the right just above the other pedestrian bridge.
11:05 In the student lounge. I need to get some info from the computers – I am organizing our ski trip this winter.
11:10 In the student lounge. Sending emails…ski trip postponed because there was NO SNOW the January. BTW – Pitt-wireless signal reaches throughout most of this building where the med-school is.
Noon Lunch meeting with the Biomedical Grad Student Association. Any opportunity for a free lunch is definitely exploited. On any day of the week, one can usually find a meeting, seminar, presentation, etc. for free lunch.
1:31 Back in the lab. Indeed they are. And that’s a good thing. Experiments can proceed. The universe stays in tact.
2:00 Working in the lab. I’m preparing reagents…
2:30 I’m reading in my cubicle. Note the bowl of soup. There’s a coffee-cart in the lobby of my building that sells café food. Grad student read a lot. A LOT. And all that reading makes you hungry.
4:30 Back in the lab, Treating cells for an experiment.
5:30 Leaving the lab to walk a few blocks.
5:35 I arrive at the Petersen – our gym is located here and I spend some time in the gym
6:45 After departing the gym, I like to have a look around, this is the Cathedral of Learning as seen from the entrance of the Petersen.
7:15 Hauling butt to get the bar before kick-off. This is the Cathedral of Learning as seen from the front seat of my car while driving on Forbes Ave.
7:30 I meet some friends at a bar in Shadyside to watch my alma mater play in a bowl game (I don’t want to talk about how it turned out)
7:45 The bar at Bites N’Brews
8:00 Barfood! (This isn’t typical, I swear)
What Makes Pittsburgh Distinctive?
- The views. It’s nice to have interesting scenery. Who can beat this? Not Detroit, that’s for sure.
- The mates. Classmates and coworkers make the days fun.
- Schenley Park, Awesome disc golf course in walking distance of the lab, what more could you ask for?