Adjusting to Grad School Life: Social Changes

Adjusting to Grad School Life: Social Changes

An adjustment change that many graduate students have to go through is figuring out how to balance their social lives and academic lives. Undergraduates have plenty of opportunities to be social, but grad students have a much heavier work load, and therefore, less time. However, there are still a number of ways you can have a healthy social life while in grad school.

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Teaching a Class? Things to Consider When Creating Your College Syllabus

Teaching a Class? Things to Consider When Creating Your College Syllabus

If you’re teaching a college class for the first time, making and writing your syllabus is no easy task. Be sure to consider these things before the first day of classes.

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How Your Schedule Changes In Grad School

How Your Schedule Changes In Grad School

I hope you’ve all been enjoying this blog series about adjusting to graduate school. Today’s post is about scheduling changes: what you should expect in grad school and how you can transition well. When you become a grad student, you might feel that you’re not able to fit everything you need to do within your week, but here are a few ways that you can alleviate this feeling.

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Adjusting To Grad School: Money, Money, Money

Adjusting To Grad School: Money, Money, Money

Adjusting to graduate school is challenging for many reasons, but many students would probably tell you that the change that has brought the most difficulties is money. We already know that it’s difficult just to pay for grad school, as described in our articles about paying for graduate school. However, I want to focus on how to deal with the financial adjustments that must come while attending grad school.

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Thanks for the input, PhDPodcast! I mentioned that I'll be posting a series about apps that grad students might find helpful. It... Read More
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Studying Habits in Grad School

Studying Habits in Grad School

How were your study habits during undergraduate school? It might surprise you to know that even if you earned straight As, you’ll need to adjust your studying habits according to your grad program. For the next 2–5 years, you’ll be faced with plenty of challenges, so it’ll be best if you’re prepared and already know about some differences between undergrad and grad school. Here are some helpful tips that you can use, whether you just started grad school, you’re almost done with grad school, or if grad school is just a twinkle in your eye.

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How To Pull an All-Nighter

How To Pull an All-Nighter

I hope you’ve been able to read through my current blog series about adjusting to life as a graduate student and getting used to the many changes that occur when you come from either undergraduate school or the work force and start your graduate career. As part of the transition, sleeping schedules tend to change and, most of the time, worsen, the more time you’re in grad school. However, there are plenty of ways to adjust your sleeping patterns, no matter what your usual sleeping schedule looks like. If you didn’t get a chance to read the first part of adjusting to graduate school by getting better sleeping habits, then take a look at it HERE. For this post, I want to give some healthy tips of how you can break those sleeping habits in healthy ways.

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Up All Night? How To Sleep in Grad School

Up All Night? How To Sleep in Grad School

When you transition into graduate school from either your undergrad or life in the field, you will probably find that your sleeping habits change and become unhealthy because of late nights studying and early morning classes. I want to give you two different ways to better the way you sleep in grad school: how to make your sleeping habits more consistent and how to temporarily break your habits in a healthy way. In this post, I’m going to address how you can make better sleeping habits for yourself.

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3 Tips For Eating Right as a Grad Student

3 Tips For Eating Right as a Grad Student

Many graduate students understandably notice the need to adjust their eating habits, whether it’s needing to eat on a budget because of less income or eating healthier options because of grad school demands. Whatever your previous habits in the kitchen (or at restaurants) have been, I hope to show you some better habits that will be easy on your wallet, good for your body, and helpful to your graduate life.

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6 Ways Grad School Changes Your Life: How To Deal

6 Ways Grad School Changes Your Life: How To Deal

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of spring and is still pushing forward in their graduate school journey. My next series will be about how to best adjust to various situations in graduate school and is geared for all graduate students: brand new students who are fresh out of undergraduate programs, students who have already been in the graduate program for a few years, students who came back to school after being in the workforce, and even students who have made a career out of attending school by earning multiple grad degrees. The next blogs in the series are being written with all of you in mind who are finding difficulties in adjusting to graduate schools many facets.

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How to Choose the Right Graduate School

How to Choose the Right Graduate School

Have you thought about going to graduate school, but you’re not sure where to start? It can be confusing; do you need to apply for schools and then go talk with advisors or if should you talk with students before narrowing the search to about 5–10 prospective schools. Before all the application fees and time filling out applications as well as writing essays and personal statements, get to know the grad schools and their programs to find out which ones will work best for you. Read the following tips about how to narrow your graduate school search.

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Networking in Grad School

Networking in Grad School

I’ve mentioned it plenty of times in previous blog posts, but I thought it was time to write a full post specifically about networking. Some students love it, some students hate it, but all students need it. Plenty of benefits come when people network, including contacts with professional people in your area and potentially around the country (depending on where your contacts move), support during grad school and beyond, links to potential employers, and head starts on job hunting at career fairs.

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Should You Participate In Extracurricular Activities in Graduate School?

Should You Participate In Extracurricular Activities in Graduate School?

You probably participated in extracurricular activities during high school and your undergraduate career, but maybe you haven’t thought about doing these activities during grad school. Yes, graduate school is an extremely important time to focus on classes, assignments, and theses or dissertations; however, the main reason you go to grad school is to advance your knowledge and experience in your field. What better way to do both of these things than to be involved with practical activities outside of school? Here are four ways to participate in extracurricular activities and get the most out of your graduate school years.

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Why Work as an Intern? 3 Reasons

Why Work as an Intern?  3 Reasons

I’ve been writing about working part-time jobs while in grad school, and I wanted to expand on the topic of internships. Many students ask a number of questions about internships: “How do I find them?” “How do I apply?” “What’s the best kind of internship?” “Should I settle for an unpaid internship or hold out for a paid one?” The question I hope to answer today is “Should I look for an internship related to my field, and why?” Deciding to apply to internships can be a big decision, but I think my tips here can help you realize why internships are great opportunities to become a better professional.

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Peer-reviewed research article vs. dissertation: How to write a great paper for publication

Peer-reviewed research article vs. dissertation: How to write a great paper for publication

Peer-reviewed research article vs. dissertation

You're writing your dissertation and want to publish your first research article. What is the difference between your dissertation and a publishable article? Working at a peer-reviewed journal, I have seen manuscripts of all types including those that look like they were copied and pasted from a dissertation. Research articles are concise summaries of your work directed at readers who are experienced in your area of research. Dissertations serve as a platform for an evaluation of your expertise and work. If you keep this in mind, then you will have a much better chance of having your work published.

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Best Part-Time Jobs for Grad Students

Best Part-Time Jobs for Grad Students

If you’re like most graduate students, you might find yourself strapped for cash on a regular basis. Many students are lucky enough to earn scholarships, grants, or work studies, but other students attend grad school by paying their own way – sometimes through student loans or from their savings. Either way, grad students might need a small push when trying to decide where to get a part-time job.

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