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This is perfect.
is it bad that, as a PI, I'm already thinking about what this would/should look like from the other side of the table?
It's not as bad as this, complaining is just the grad student's prerogative ;) Although the university/department determined deadlines, paperwork, and bureaucracy do tend to be confusing and stressful. I'd be quite interested to see what it looks like from the other side of the table too.