This year's commencement is few days ahead. This year is not for me, but mine will come next year. Kind of making me of recalling my graduate student life so far, facing my commend a year ahead (actually less that that for defense itself).
I have lived busy life in MIT for last several years. Busy is fairly qualitative expression, but the record also tells that I have been quite busy. Around the end of this year, I may publish over 25 papers and over 15 of them are lead-authored ones for less than 5 years. Probably can be safely said as a busy life.
Many things make my life busy. Being one of the first members of the newly starting MIT lab is one thing. Personality of easily being bored is also critical too. Pressure from life-problems around family counts a lot either.
Probably I will be busier in coming years. Starting a new career as an independent researcher in university will be a big job (also finding job itself too). Still, this busy life gives more of excitement and fulfillment rather than tiredness and frustration. I still feel the growing self every day and weeks (intellectually and experience-wise indeed. My body gets older not growing anymore sadly).
My busy life, I should call you quite rewarding so far.