Grad student introductions can be awkward

Scene: Crazy Grad Mama meets a newly-arrived postdoc.  We’ve established that I am a grad student.

New postdoc: “So, how many years have you been here?”

Me: “More years than I care to admit.” [laughs]

[New postdoc laughs along.]  “Almost done, then?  Finishing soon?”

“Well, soon-ish.  Another year, maybe two.”

“How do you like it here?”

“I… I think I’m going to have to get to know you a little better before I can honestly answer that.”

I know, I know.  I’m bad at small talk. 

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