I’m just a week into my first real job and I feel like the luckiest person in the world. Many people fresh out of graduate school still have to “pay their dues” at a company that values being in your cube by 8:00 am even if you were up until 1 last night getting another report finished. While graduate school is essentially a ROWE, there are still expectations to be in a chair from 9:00 - 5:30 (at least in my lab there were). While having the freedom to work when you want and how you want is amazing, it doesn’t come without growing pains. After a couple of years of getting judged based on time in the lab, it’s hard to remember that it’s what I get done that matters and not when I do it. Read through to see how I managed to commit what would be a serious faux pas in any workplace other than a ROWE: I took a day off in my first week.