I really enjoyed graduate school. I attended UC Berkeley’s social-personality psychology PhD program from 2004-2010 and the whole time I felt like a kid in a candy store. Sometimes my typical day included reading a book while lounging outside in the sun on Berkeley’s memorial glade. Other days I would spend several hours in a local coffee shop (the ORIGINAL PEET’S!!!!) writing a manuscript describing a study providing knowledge that no-one before me had produced. On still other days I would play pick-up basketball with a hilarious combination of former college basketball players and current Berkeley psychology professors. It’s a time in my life that I will always look back on fondly.
Of course I did also get a little bit of work done while I was in graduate school. I collected data obsessively, I wrote for 20-30 hours each week, I coded nonverbal behavior four hours a day for two
straight months during the summer of my second year (the first 60s of a getting acquainted interaction goes roughly the same for EVERY SINGLE college student), and I’ve read more textbooks on statistical analyses and hierarchical linear modeling than I care to admit, even to my colleagues.
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