To help me do all of my lab work:Though in all seriousness, I am looking forward to getting a cat in grad school. Finding a pet friendly apartment is going to be important to me, because I'm pretty dead set on adopting. I've had cats my whole life, and undergrad has just felt empty without some feline love. My good friend literally invites me over for what we call "Kitty Therapy" where I basically get to cuddle with his lovable cats for a couple of hours. I think they do wonders for my mental health, which is something I'm going to need to try extra hard to preserve while working towards my PhD*.
Oh, and I'm excited at the added bonus of picking delightfully nerdy names. Darwin is, unsurprisingly, very high on the list.
Don't worry though; I'm a single cat kind of girl. The risk of me becoming a crazy cat lady is fairly low. ...Maybe.
*And before someone lectures me on the responsibilities of owning a cat: Yes, I know. I'm the one who had to clean litter, feed them, play with them, groom them. I realize they take time and money - but to me, it's worth it.