Although it is very much like a job (I work on my own projects, come into work every day and get paid), I am still a officially a student. That said I do really enjoy it. I get a lot of freedom on what I research and what I do on a given day and I get paid to do something that I find really interesting. But, I have to admit as with all things I don’t always enjoy it and it can be hard to motivate yourself when you have no-one telling you what to do. Overall though its a great thing to do and I can’t imagine anything else I would prefer to be doing right now.