Forwarded: From: (Lauren Bricker)
From: Anne Taussig <>
originally from the Harvard Crimson

The Top Ten Lies Told by Graduate Students

  1. It doesn't bother me at all that my college roommate is making $80,000 a year on Wall Street.
  2. I'd be delighted to proofread your book/chapter/article.
  3. My work has a lot of practical importance.
  4. I would never date an undergraduate.
  5. Your latest article was so inspiring.
  6. I turned down a lot of great job offers to come here.
  7. I just have one more book to read and then I'll start writing.
  8. The department is giving me so much support.
  9. My job prospects look really good.
  10. No really, I'll be out of here in only two more years.

Top Five Lies Told by Teaching Fellows:

  1. I'm not going to grant any extensions.
  2. Call me any time. I'm always available.
  3. It doesn't matter what I think; write what you believe.
  4. Think of the midterm as a diagnostic tool.
  5. My other section is much better prepared than you guys.

And my favorite part...

You just might be a graduate student if...