By Daven Tai

Daven is a PhD student at UBC. He spends most of his waking hours in the dungeons of St. Paul's Hospital trying to figure out why his experiments have failed (again). When procrastinating, he enjoys martial arts, rollerblading, and playing pointless yet addicting games.


During my commute home a few weeks ago, I came across an old classmate from high school. After our initial exchange of typical greetings, we customarily inquired each other about our current endeavors. I quickly learned that he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is currently working for a small company. When asked about my work/school status, I answered with my instinctive “I’m doing grad school” response. This wasn’t the first time someone met my answer with an empty stare followed by a pseudo-empathetic nod. He obviously wasn’t satisfied with my simple reply so he…