Seven Last Words, PhD Student Version

It’s Good Friday here and the Easter spirit is in the air. Before we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, we first commemorate his passion. Back in my pre-teen acolyte/sacristan/altar server days, I used to participate in this The Seven Last Words or Siete Palabras service at Good Friday noon.

Now that I’m a graduate student, I thought of coming up with our own version of the seven last words:

  1. My TA self, forgive them undergrads for they do not know what they are doing, or what they even have to do.
  2. I say to you, today you shall be with me in research funding paradise.
  3. PhD student, behold your postdoc. Postdoc, behold your slave.
  4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? — yes this one’s still the same haha!
  5. I thirst for positive results.
  6. It (my experiment) is finished — oh wait it isn’t yet.
  7. Thesis committee, into your hands I commend my doctoral dissertation.

This is just for laughs and I don’t mean to offend any religious feelings! I’m an observant Catholic and Holy Week for me is an amazing celebration of our faith.


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