Do you like top 10 lists? Of course you do! Luckily for you, I LOVE top 10 lists (almost as much as I love Ben and Jerry’s Smore’s ice-cream-which, by the way, is heaven in a cardboard container). Anyway, today was like any other Tuesday of grad school at UW. I woke up far too early to (what else?) rain, threw down about $300 for text books (big spender!!!), downed the breakfast of champions (coffee in a Starbucks to-go mug), and gained copious amounts of knowledge (of the motor speech disorders variety). In thinking back on the last 6ish months of graduate school, it’s quite amazing how quickly you become a stereotypical “grad student,” although I do have to say we speechies have a few quirks that are unique to us and us alone. I wonder if any of these resonate (or at one time resonated) with you…
YOU KNOW YOU’RE A SLP GRAD STUDENT WHEN…
10. You challenge your friend to a “number of pa-ta-ka’s in 30 seconds” competition.
9. You somehow kill 20 minutes talking about barium.
8. The kid you nanny for says he can’t find his DS and all you can think of is Down Syndrome (that would be Nintendo DS for all the “normal” folks out there).
7. Your neurogenic disorders professor asks what memory “looks like” and your (out-loud) response is: “shimmery silver liquidy strands that swirl around in a pensieve.”
6. You have a ratio of 1 male to 1,000 females in every class.
5. Toca Hair Salon and Auntie Maggie’s Recipe get played more than any other app on the iPad.
4. You say the following to your 22 year old roommate: “first we get coffee, then we grocery shop. First coffee, then shopping.” And yes, the repetition actually happened.
3. Your eye starts twitching from 3 straight hours of article-reading and you panic that you have obvious fasiculations and lower motor neuron lesions.
2. You tell people what you study and 9 times out of 10 the response is “Oh…so basically the King’s Speech, right?”
1. You diagnose all of your friend’s Microsoft coworkers with aspergers.