Pros: challenging work academically and in lab.
Cons: poverty (by todays standards) but, i didn't see it then.
As a graduate student, I could be in the lab by 4:30 AM and by 9 AM, accomplish more than most could by the rest of the day
I truly believed I could make a difference in the world via drug delivery systems.
I loved it, my major professor was supportive and a great inspiration.
Typically worked 16 to 18 hrs/day, but took off on Christmas. Really tough on my wife.