This week, the “GGNB Times” came out, the newsletter of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences – and it includes a comic I prepared about PhD student life in Göttingen.
Göttingen is a cute town in the middle of Germany, which bursts with science and represents an extremely rich international environment, especially given its small size. At its core is the university, founded in 1734, and the “Gänseliesel”, which is a statue of a young girl watching her geese. Four times a year, when PhD students graduate, they all line up in front of the Gänseliesel to climb up its ornamented scaffold amongst their cheering friends and family, place a flower bouquet on it, and finally kiss the Gänseliesel – the historically “most kissed girl in Germany”.
This graduation ceremony and the alternating phases of high motivation, multi-tasking, coffee (hehe), and generally hard work, are all illustrated below.