My Daily Routine As A Graduate Student.

My last vacation to PNG was in September of 2006. And I desperately need another vacation. SOON! When I first arrived here in Japan to commence my graduate studies at Kagawa University, I noticed these guys turn up for work around 8.00am and leave for home at 10.00pm. I am doing my research with Associate Professor S. Suguri, Department of International Medical Zoology

The official working hour in Japan starts at 9.00am and knock off time is 5.30pm. Some professors stay in their labs up to 10.00pm. A friend of mine at the Agriculture faculty told me that a professor there leaves his office at 12.00am.

My typical day would start something like this:

8.45-9.00am – arrive at the office. My apartment is only 5 minutes walk fromt the university.

9.00am-10.00am – check emails, read on-line PNG newspapers.

10.00-10.30am – check and feed the mossies (I have to keep alive mosquito colonies), check and feed the mouse (the mossies have to feed on the poor animals for their blood meals). 

10.30am – 11.30am – read up on journals, articles or do some literature search.

11.30am – 1.00pm – lunch break. I know it’s a long lunch break. And I take a siesta too..LOL!

1.00pm – 2.00pm – check my blog and write up for my blog. If not writing do some random surfing e.g news, PNG forum sites, sports news etc.

2.00pm-3.00pm – do more internet surfing!..LOL..

3.00pm – 5.00pm – do some REAL WORK!

5.00pm – 6.00pm – write for my blog.

6.00pm – go home.

So that’s it. That’s how my typical day looks like.

I seem to spent more time on other things than on what my real work is. Then again, working on my blog is more fun and interesting then reading scientific papers. But sometimes, doing other things takes my mind off the scientific stuff for while and gives my neurons a break!


About rodney itaki

Medical doctor and public health specialist from Papua New Guinea.
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4 Responses to My Daily Routine As A Graduate Student.

  1. Badira says:

    generally sounds like mine, except for the mossies bit…lol..i tend to feed my pc with alot of 1s and 0s, and 6pm go to the shokudo for a bite of chikin karage or a bit of saamon fuurai.

    Btw, are the animals alive when you feed the mossies?

  2. rodney itaki says:

    LOL..yep the poor mouse has be alive. Otherwise the mossies won’t feed.

  3. Cynthia says:

    lol…some guys have all the luck…the schedule looks relaxing and looks like you have more time to yourself. I will let ToTut and his mom know so that they can get some more of that free…the good thing is that you have this blog so that you can use the free time for it…KEEP WRITING, you are doing well so far…

  4. rodney itaki says:

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