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Piled Higher and Deeper: A Graduate Student Comic Strip Collection Paperback – June, 2002
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That is the funniest thing I have ever read. The pictures are great and the character development is so epic. -- Mark, Oxford University
To the creators of the amazing phenomenon known as "PhD"--I am enthralled! You have captured the life SO perfectly! -- Lisa Michaud, author of "The Guy's Guide to Geek Girls"
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"Piled Higher and Deeper" ("PhD") is the first collection of strips of the legendary webcomic of the same name, written (and published) by Jorge Cham of Stanford University. This volume contains comics from roughly 1997 - 2002, including classics such as
--The Grad Student Documentary ("Having feasted, the grad student enters a lethargic state called "researching", in anticipation of the next free meal.")
--What is... the Thesis ("Is it so hard to believe? That grad school isn't real?")
--Post-Bachelor's Disorder ("Do you experience frequent headaches trying to count how many years you've been in school?")
--The High School Renunion ("Um... well... I... I'm still in school...")
and many others. From the first crudely drawn sketches of cramped classrooms and quals to the later, well-drawn strips of research and conferences, "PhD" never fails to entertain. Some of the humor may be dark and depressing, but that just makes it more realistic, and all the more potent.
If you don't believe that a grad student comic strip could possibly be so good, feel free to check out the strip's website, [...], where all of these strips are available for free. (But be warned - reading the entire archive could be hazardous to your research, and once you start, it's hard to stop...) Why buy the book when all its content is available free online? For one thing, to thank Jorge for all the hours of procrastination that he has so kindly provided. For another, to have access to the comics even when you're away from your compu... ok, never mind. The first reason is more than good enough by itself.Read more ›
Oh, curious about the funniest thing? My lame attempts at writing drafts for my thesis introduction, of course, what else?
A word of caution -- this is a very effective procrastination tool and may inspire cynicism (but that's not bad, is it?...)
Despite that, both books are brillant, and very much worth having.
I've already forget how I came to this homepage. I was - procrastinating - at that time - just surfing the web while suddenly I saw this webpage
and boy, it makes me laugh aloud. I registered instantly at that time, and I've also read all the previous issue.
For you who haven't read this comics, I'll tell ya abit.
The comics' story circles around a few individuals - graduate students - at Stanford University. Hey, isn't that one of the famous school in America, and in the world. Where Silicon Valley is just a stonethrow away. Where Chelsea Clinton study too. Where some matches of the 1994 World Cup Soccer was held.
Yes, but the story really touches the human side of graduate study. Yes, sometimes he exaggerated too much - but what matters is that he knows the real thing. Grad study is hard - classes and TA-ing in the early years - qualifying exams - research for the thesis.
And you are underpaid. You live in a dorm - a very small room. You work in cubicles. You meet your friends in high school reunion, and finding out that they have already made a success - while you still, yes, stuck in grad school. You fail your horrible, tortorous qualifying exams.
You are doing research - which you yourself are not sure about the outcomes of this research. Your family has a great expectation for you: a PhD would certainly be a cool thing, yet the real answer is not.
Although some of the facts and stories are highly exaggerated, yet I saw a clear reflection of my own experience, and thousands other people's experience - graduate students in all parts of the world. I can laugh at myself now, and that bring a big relief to me.Read more ›
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I wanted to check out this comic book which features the lives of graduate school denizens -- the students, TA's, professors et al that make up this world. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Virginia music lover
I am a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. EVERYBODY in my lab reads this. I often use it as an example of what a PhD is about when talking to the undergrads. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Yolanda A. Daza
If you are in college or starting grad school, you will love this book! It's easy to relate to it.
Aaaand prepare for ironic jokes like you've never seen before!
I would recommend this to everyone who is a STEM major or a grad student! It is is truly funny!Published on April 21, 2013 by Laura
Jorge Cham has really captured the essence of the graduate student and his/her graduate school experience. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by yystickers
Our son is working on his PhD so this made for some great reading to see a little of what his life is like.Published on January 3, 2013 by Michael
Presently I am a professor in a federal university in my home country (Brazil) and not so long ago I was a grad student just like the characters of the strip. Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by C. C. Pellegrini
As a now part-time, but previously full-time graduate student in a doctoral program I can say this is an amazing piece of work. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Vivek Gupta