PhD: Fossils in Grad School
After you have defended your thesis and have your thesis accepted by library and finally getting a useless paper saying that you are a “doctor”, you will be surprised to find out at one place you are ‘still a graduate student’ – the place is your group’s contact page in the university. The contact page rarely gets updated in every five years or so (who gives a damn?) and students only get added to it, not removed even after you are about to retire. This is false advertising to begin with, however, why this lethargy? Is it accidental oversight? For five years? Unlikely. Your fossil supervisor/laboratory colleagues still want your help (all for free, no money) and want you to come slave in the lab. So, they keep your name in that crud webpage, so that internet search engines tie you to that institution.