Lately I find myself answering the same few questions over and over. I don't mind answering these questions. What I do mind is getting the same questions repeatedly from people who should already know the answer, either by listening to things people say to them and taking stock of the things that go on in the world around them, or at least by simple memorization given the number of damn times I answer these questions.
To save us all some time, I hope that those of you who are asking these questions (and you know who you are) will find the following guide helpful.
- I go to UC Berkeley
- It's in Berkeley
- Yes, Berkeley is a city
- I am in a PhD program
- I study probability and statistics
- I don't have an advisor nor a research topic yet
- I have approximately 3 or 4 more years left in the program
- No, I am not in the US right now
- Yes, there are many jobs in statistics
- Yes, I am going out for lunch
- No, I cannot break my plans. I told you about this two days ago
- No thank you, I would not like to try the [unappealing dish]
- Yes, I know what it tastes like, I've been eating this for 23 years
- No, I do not need a sweater, it is 28 degrees outside. You know this, you have a window
- It's Cecile, not Cecilia
- It's Jowen, not Jown
- I don't know, I haven't met her
- Yes, I'm driving. I can't talk now. Bye
Any further questions?
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