Higher Learning Poster Woman: Meet Graduate School Barbie

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By Unknown Author – Graduate School Barbie comes in two forms: Delusional Master’s Barbie™ and Ph.D. Masochist Barbie™.

Every Graduate School Barbie comes with these fun-filled features guaranteed to delight and entertain for hours: Grad School Barbie comes out of the box with a big grin on her face that turns into a frown after 2 weeks or her first advisor meeting (whichever comes first). She also has adorable black circles under her delightfully bloodshot eyes.

Comes with two outfits: a grubby pair of blue jeans and 5-year-old gap T-shirt, and a floppy pair of gray sweatpants with a matching “I hate my life” T-shirt. Grad School Barbie talks! Just press the button on her left hand and hear her say such upbeat grad school phrases like, “Yes, Professor. It’ll be done by tomorrow”, “I’d love to rewrite” and “Why didn’t I just get a job, I could have been making $40,000 a year by now if I had just started working with a Bachelor’s. But noooooo, I chose to further my education, I wish somebody would drop a bomb on the school so that I’d have an excuse to stop working on my degree that’s sucking every last drop of life force out of my withered and degraded excuse for a soul…” (9V lithium batteries sold separately).

Grad School Barbie is anatomically correct to teach kids about the exciting changes that come with pursuing a higher education. Removable panels on Barbie’s head and torso allow you to watch as her cerebellum fries to a crispy brown, her heart race 150 beats per minute, and her stomach lining gradually dissolves into nothing. Deluxe Barbie comes with specially designed eye ducts. Just add a little water, and watch Grad School Barbie burst into tears at random intervals. Fun for the whole family!

Other Accessories Include:

Grad School Barbie’s Fun Fridge™ – well stocked with microwave popcorn, Coca-Cola, Healthy Choice Bologna (99% fat free!), and a small bottle of Mattel Brand Rum™.

Barbie LaptopGrad School Barbie’s Medicine Cabinet – comes in fabulous (pepto-bismal) pink and contains Barbie sized bottles of Advil, St. Johns Wort, Zantac, and your choice of three fun anti-anxiety drugs! (Barbie Medicine Cabinet not available without a prescription).

Grad School Barbie’s Computer Workstation – comes with miniature obsolete PC (in pink of course), rickety desk, and over a dozen miniature Mountain Dew cans to decorate your workstation with (Mountain Dew deposit not included in price. Tech support sold separately).

And Grad School Barbie is not alone! Order now and you’ll get two of Barbie’s great friends! GRADUATE ADVISOR KEN, Barbie’s mentor and advisor in her quest for knowledge, higher education and decreased self-esteem.

Grad Advisor Ken ™ comes with a supply of red pens and a permanent frown. Press the button to hear Grad Advisor Ken deliver such wisdom to Barbie as “I need an update on your progress”, “I don’t think you’re ready to defend yet”, and “This is nowhere near ready for publication.”

Buy 3 or more dolls, and you can have Barbie’s Thesis Committee! (Palm Pilot and tenure sold separately.)

REAL JOB SKIPPER – When Barbie needs to talk, she knows that she can always count on her good friend Real Job Skipper ™, who got a job after getting her bachelor degree. Press the button to hear Real Job Skipper say, “Sometimes I wish I went for my masters degree” and “Work is so hard! I had to work a half an hour of overtime!” Real Job Skipper’s Work Wardrobe and Savings account sold separately.

WARNING: Do not place Grad Student Barbie and Real Job Skipper too close to each other, as there have been several cases of children leaving the room and coming back to find Barbie’s hands mysteriously fused to Skipper’s throat.


About The Unknown Author:

Author UnknownWhile WYSK would like nothing more than to give the author of this hilariously creative piece full credit, sadly, we can’t. After exhaustive research to find the witty scribe, we came up empty every time. What we did find are posts of this exact piece (word for word) that date as far back as 2006, none of which includes a byline. Grad School Barbie has since continued to make its rounds on the internet and has enjoyed various surges of viral popularity here and there.

So in dedication to all the women we know who have gone through the rigors of grad school, are currently in grad school, or who are thinking about applying, Women You Should Know is giving this piece new life once again. After all, good humor is timeless… just like Barbie!

  • Margaret

    Love, love, love it!! Hilarious!

  • Erin Colleen Anderson

    Not funny. Sexist. Lovely how Ken is the advisor. My daughter is looking into grad school now and I find this unfunny and offensive. (Perhaps if there were a Ken or Barbie for each position it’d be less so.)

    • Daniel Carr

      That would be the point – to be offensive. Is it worth the price of virtual ink? That is debatable.

    • Alex

      This is pure satire and so well done… an astute commentary on how difficult and challenging grad school can be with the results and rewards not necessarily being commensurate to the tremendous effort required.

    • Lil25

      Oh, if only you had actually been to grad school. I agree that making Ken the adviser was a poor choice. Grad school sucks for male students too!

  • Rev. Amy Shaw

    Jeff Noakes published the Grad Barbie piece on December 3rd, 1999 on this site- http://www.chat.carleton.ca/~jnoakes/grad.html – which is now down (you can still get there with the Wayback Machine. It was from a post on Usenet by Little Frank in alt.humor on 11/25/99

  • Frank Hoffman

    Next up: Perennial Adjunct Barbie™ ? Press the button and she says “Maybe I can pick up a fifth course on the weekend at another college” and “There’s a full-time position I’d be perfect for, but I hear there’s an inside candidate” and “But I HAVE to teach; it’s what I do!”

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