Introduction to Series on the Grad School Application Process

Introduction to Series on the Grad School Application Process

I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts about students who are already in graduate school and struggling with certain issues, such as balancing graduate school with other elements of life, communicating with dissertation committees, and choosing dissertation committee members. Now, I want to focus a bit of energy toward undergraduates and people who have earned their Bachelor’s degrees who want to move on to graduate school. As you may know, the application process for graduate school is an extensive one, so I am writing a 5-part series of blog posts for everyone who needs a little extra help in applying for graduate school. The rest of the series will include the following topics:

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Dress for Success, to Impress, and to Express

Dress for Success, to Impress, and to Express

I would never sit across from a client wearing cut-offs and a muscle T. At the same time, I would never sit across from a client wearing a polyester, double-breasted, four-button suit, but for different reasons. On one hand, most would be in agreement that the first example would not be professional; however, I think its safe to say that most would say that a suit is appropriate attire for the workplace, and I would agree, there is just one problem – it’s not me. There are many styles of clothing of dress that are appropriate for the workplace, and I have found a style that works for me, and is professional.

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Agreed! Have you ever run into complaints or criticism for sporting your style? Or on the other side, do you get lots of positive ... Read More
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JohnM
In general, I believe that the feedback that I mostly get has been generally positive. But for me, I have to feel comfortable, ge... Read More
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zmirtsching
This is an interesting point of view. In business school we have always been told to wear dark suits, white shirts, and minimal j... Read More
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Same School for Undergraduate and Graduate School? Pros and Cons

Same School for Undergraduate and Graduate School? Pros and Cons

I’ve heard of many students who are confused regarding the opinions about attending the same school for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Employers are all different, and some might be looking for a more diverse education in your background, but some employers might be looking for longevity in your background. Here are some pros and cons to attending the same school for undergraduate and graduate school. Some of these pros and cons might weigh more to you than others will in this list, but knowing that students are also different, make this decision based on what will be best for you and your education.

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This is a topic I know a lot of my friends wonder about. For me, I will probably choose a different school for grad school because... Read More
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On Babies and Dissertations: Part 2

On Babies and Dissertations: Part 2

I recently had the experience of expecting my first baby a month before I graduated. Throughout the process, I accidentally learned several tips to graduating on time with a PhD.

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Uni-tasking

Uni-tasking

Many people would consider themselves to be good at multi-tasking. I would like to think I am not the first person in the world who has every brushed their teeth while blow drying their hair and finishing up a reading to save a few minutes in the morning before an 8 am class. Our culture is becoming more quickly-paced and task driven than ever before. Many graduate students are often rewarded for multitasking, and in fact many of us probably got into graduate school in no small part for our ability to manage a demanding schedule. However, if there is one thing that the rates of texting-related accidents has taught us it’s that we – and I include myself in that – think that we are better multi-taskers that we actually are.

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I can definitely relate! I cannot tell you how many times I have been in a rush and trying to do 100 things at once. However, I am... Read More
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I think the best thing you can do is find what works for you. I wish I had a more concrete answer, but some many people are diffe... Read More
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Thanks @JohnM, this is a subject I've been thinking about for a while, and I completely agree with the fact that we need to work o... Read More
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What Will Your Committee Not Do For You?

What Will Your Committee Not Do For You?

Some students expect too much or too little out of their dissertation committee. I want to clear the air and give you a few tips on what you should not expect your committee to do for you. Your committee members are there for you every step of the way, but don’t expect them to do more than they should.

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Things!Go!Wrong!Sometimes!

Things!Go!Wrong!Sometimes!

About ten minutes into my first exam, I realize i'm in trouble.  I see puzzled looks on several students faces, and soon 20-30 hands go up.  Walking over, I see starting on page four, the student's exam had bizarre typos, replacing all the spaces with exclamation marks.

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3 Tips on How Not to Deal With Your Committee

3 Tips on How Not to Deal With Your Committee

Sometimes, it’s difficult to draw a line when it comes to dealing with your committee. What may seem appropriate to you may not translate well in a conversation with a member on your dissertation committee. The good news is that these issues don’t have to happen. Just read these tips to understand what is suitable in most situations with your committee members.

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On Babies and Dissertations: Part 1

On Babies and Dissertations: Part 1

I recently had the experience of expecting my first baby a month before I graduated and accidentally learned tips on graduating on time with a PhD.

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What Not to Do in Social Media

What Not to Do in Social Media

I’ve written to you all about how to keep a well-respected and sophisticated social media site, but now I want to discuss the things that you want to avoid. This post is about what not to do in social media sites, including topics that you shouldn’t discuss and things that you shouldn’t put on your site.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Fail Sometimes

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail Sometimes

Have you ever worked for something for so long just to have it stripped away from you in the end? Sometimes, it takes failure for students to get a wake up call or even inspiration for another idea.

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This is good to know as an undergrad student looking into graduate schools. It's great to see that others also view failures as a... Read More
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New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 2

New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 2

Perhaps you’re anticipating entering your first year of grad school or maybe you’re just starting your graduate career. There’s a lot to take in during your first couple years, but now is the perfect time to become the superstar job candidate when you graduate.

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3 Tips to Balance Yourself in Graduate School

3 Tips to Balance Yourself in Graduate School

If you are already in graduate school or are thinking about graduate school, you have probably experienced an overwhelming feeling of “Uh-oh, can I do this?” or “How am I supposed to balance everything I have going on?” Fear not, current and future students. I will introduce you to a whole new world of balancing acts. A few balancing issues that grad students have are family, money, and time.

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Part 5: Protect Your Relationship With Your Committee/Major Advisor

Part 5: Protect Your Relationship With Your Committee/Major Advisor

Now that you know the basics of how to research, communicate with, and assemble your dissertation committee, your next job is to maintain this relationship until you earn that long-awaited diploma.

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Part 4: Understand What Your Committee Says About Your Dissertation

Part 4: Understand What Your Committee Says About Your Dissertation

After reading this fourth post in my 5-part series about communication with your dissertation committee, you’ll not only be able take their comments constructively instead of personally, but you’ll also be able to understand what their job entails when it comes to advising your dissertation process. Communicating with your dissertation committee on a regular basis is a huge component of your dissertation writing process, as I’ve posted in the past, but this post will be more about the unspoken communications that you must have with your committee.

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