I expect that most people here, having been gone through graduate school in some capacity, will be familiar with the subject of this post. I am a married first year engineering graduate student, and I'd like to comment on the graduate student lifestyle. Graduate students have this reputation and aura of being miserable, overworked, slaving away seven days a week, many of those days late into the night. It's something that virtually all graduate students take an enormous amount of pride in. However, most of the graduate students I see don't exactly live up to such a reputation. Here's a typical schedule: Wake up at 10-11 am...arrive at the lab a little before noon...check email/message boards...go have lunch with fellow grad students...get back into the lab around 1 or 2. At this point some real work may begin, but factoring in more time to check email and message boards, talk, and have dinner, our example student can easily take it to midnight with roughly 8 hours of work! At this point the student can get back to his/her apartment after midnight, rinse and repeat. This is just a rough example, but most days typically involve sleeping in, lots of socializing, and tons of Internet surfing. Did anyone else go through grad school and not become enamored with this? Or find a way to get work done in a more efficient schedule? Perhaps it wouldn't bother me as much if I wasn't going to have to rely on groupmates to get work done. I'm just curious to get anyone's thoughts on this or what their grad student life was like.