1) I know that it's a wonderful opportunity, and I'm lucky to have been born into a life/location/position where I can pursue education.
2) I think it's generally healthy for people to pursue higher education, and I don't want to discourage anyone reading this from doing so.
So that said, it's really unfortunate that I also hate grad school with the power of a thousand burning suns. I was walking to class today trying to tell myself that it could be worse... there are millions of people going through horrible things in their life right now, I cannot just feel sorry for myself because my class is difficult. It eats at my self-confidence and makes me feel empty and hopeless inside, but that's not so bad. I came up with a list of things that are worse than grad school:
2) Invasive medical procedures
3) Nuclear winter
4) Plagues of locusts
5) Detainment at Guantanamo Bay
... and that's it so far. Okay, that's not much, but any editions you have to the list would help. If I get enough of these things I'll really start thinking grad school is pretty awesome, and will look forward to walking a mile through the freezing cold to try in vain to understand impossible equations for 90 minutes at a time. it can happen, people!