Yes, I did a photo shoot with my thesis. Longest labor ever. #phdlife pic.twitter.com/wpGdFPANd6
— Sarah Whelan Curtis (@sarahwcurtis) June 4, 2019
Log onto any social media platform, and you're bound to see a bunch of baby-related posts. Whether you're looking at maternity photos or newborn shoots, these pictures typically feature expectant or new moms posing with their bellies or bundles of joy. On top of these traditional takes, however, you're also sure to see some creative interpretations, starring dogs, dads, and now a PhD thesis.
After four years, Sarah Whelan Curtis, a PhD Candidate at Emory University, finally finished her thesis on epigenetics. Given the time and energy it took her to “birth” her pride and joy, she decided to create her very own newborn photos, featuring everything you'd expect to find in such a shoot—except, of course, an actual baby.
Instead, the photos star a stack of papers, bound with paperclips, wrapped in a baby blanket, and lovingly cradled by Curtis. “Yes, I did a photo shoot with my thesis,” she captioned the trio of photographs. “Longest labor ever.”
After just two days, her photos have gone viral, garnering over 330,000 likes. As expected, many of the photo shoot's fans are fellow students who can relate to her feeling of elation. Some users even shared photos of themselves with their paper bundles of joy. And, of course, many people simply found the photos funny, offering their own advice about PhD parenthood. “So cute,” one user wrote. “Savour these early times. Later there will be citations all over.”
After PhD candidate Sarah Whelan Curtis shared hilarious photos of herself cradling her thesis, it was clear that other students could relate to the “longest labor ever.”
Congratulations! I am into the 66th month of labour and expecting soon.
— Kunal M (@ProfAntMan) June 4, 2019
This feeling is real.
— Lonzen Rugira (@LonzenRugira) June 4, 2019
I meant to do a PhD baby blanket, but never got past knitting the central panel… pic.twitter.com/eIu7AMdVPJ
— Dr. Stephanie Craven (@OpusMixtum) June 4, 2019
Some even posted pictures of themselves posing with their little bundles of joy, for better…
OMG SIS SAME ENERGY pic.twitter.com/38MubK9H2W
— Rendang McFlurry (@AlexanderJSator) June 4, 2019
i think we should be friends lol
— novayorkines (@joydevision) June 4, 2019
— paula ️ viúva e triste (@naoehanapaula) June 4, 2019
…or for worse.
This is EVERYTHING!!!!!
This was my hand in photo. As I couldn’t bear the smiley normal photo as if I just casually wrote 130,000 words. No I was goddam showing the pain and torture too. Dragging myself to the finish line! pic.twitter.com/lh8lWtkANM
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) June 4, 2019
And plenty simply went along with the joke!
That loving look the thesis gives right back at you
— Stephen Black (@stephenablack) June 4, 2019
Nothing like the bond between a thesis and it’s mother, so pure and wholesome
— – శ్రేయ (@_ayerhs) June 4, 2019
I guess it’s too soon to ask, but do you think you could ever have another?
— Erin Ellen (@erineedwards) June 4, 2019
What, no gender reveal?
— Deborah Ahrens (@Djuna22) June 4, 2019
So cute. Savour these early times. Later there will be citations all over.
— Mattias Malmer (@3Dmattias) June 4, 2019
h/t: [Bored Panda]
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