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Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School Paperback – April 13, 2010
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“The academic world is so full of humorless wonks and pedants, that Ruben arrives like a crazed party-crasher. It's as if a tweedy committee coma has been interrupted by someone from the roller derby. This very funny book also slings many sly arrows into an overstuffed and moribund culture that needs repair and reconfiguration.” -- Compound Calico, Moderator, RateYourStudents.blogspot.com
"Adam Ruben's book is funnier than even the funniest dissertation, thesis, lab report, or legal brief. I wish my law school casebooks had been 10% as enjoyable to read." - Jeremy Blachman, author of Anonymous Lawyer
“Indispensable for any prospective grad student who wants to get a jump on his or her anxiety requirements. This book proves that years of obscure, excruciating academic toil can, in fact, make a meaningful contribution to society as a source of comedy.” -- Jay Katsir, writer for “The Colbert Report”
“Why waste a few years in grad school when you can waste a few bucks on this hilarious and insightful book instead? You'll end up with the same career prospects (zero), but have had a lot more fun." -- Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating
"Hilarious! Adam Ruben has nailed the graduate student experience, and has done it with a great sense of humor....this is a true survival guide for anyone foolish, er, ambitious enough to embark on an advanced degree."-- Dexter Holland, Grad School Sufferer and Sympathizer (Lead Singer, The Offspring)
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Top Customer Reviews
Seriously people, don't go to grad school thinking that it will be a fun or fulfilling experience. Really.
I've read every page at least five times by now and can guarantee it is all really funny, quality material. Nerds and smart-but-not-too-serious people of all stripes, even those outside academia, will surely appreciate the jokes in here.
I was pleasantly surprised at the payoff of my investment in this book. I've been reading it, over and over and over, for a bunch of months now. It is still as entertaining as ever, and promises to be for as long as I am in grad school. Which could be long, to say the least.
The only place I think this book falls short is that despite all the horrors of grad. student life (greatly exaggerated), it fails to mention that "regular jobs" in an office are often much more soul-crushing, probably due to the author's own lack of experience with "regular jobs".
Of course, you probably didn't realize there was a void to be filled until about chapter three of your dissertation. Then you start realizing voids all throughout your life cause by your Stupid, Stupid Decision to go to Grad School.
No, not caused by the book, silly! The voids are caused by your own choice!
Get the book. Read it. Leave it in the grad lounge in your department.
And excellent read, overall.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This gift was for a friend but I read it a bit before handing it to him and I found this book funny with it's sarcastic tone :) It does seem to be full of helpful tips so I... Read morePublished 26 days ago by SallyJ
This is definitely easy reading and pretty darn funny. My son is a senior at the author's alma mater (Johns Hopkins University) and is currently applying to a million graduate... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon customer
Ok, this book made me laugh out loud, on my way to a conference. I was on the plane laughing like an idiot, and I just couldn't stop. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DJ Macedonas
I bought this book when I encountered a slump during my graduate school years. I wasn't expecting swearwords but the book made me chuckle all the way to the last page - all what... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephanie Chua
This is frickin' hysterical. I buy my students a copy when they get accepted into grad school. They should know what they're getting in to! =DPublished 7 months ago by Neuroturtle
I have never read a more hilarious and true book. I laughed out loud at my stupidity to join grad school and was grateful I wasn't alone in my experience. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sarah C
Great book! As grad school has been approaching I've been starting to question why on earth I decided to do it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennifer Gates