As of this post, I have spent approximately 6-12 hours per day over the past few weeks attempting to solve minor issues in our PID controller. This required repetition of the same calibration trials daily, while I would focus on creating a script for data analysis. It’s not challenging, and I’m used to it. However, it reveals a common issue in graduate school: we spend quite a bit of time on minutiae. For some reason, we also enjoy it.
It is this concept of delving into the abyss that I find fascinating about graduate school.