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. Picture your first day of graduate school. Maybe you planned out what you’re going to wear and you show up to school bright-eyed and ready to soak…

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Waking up before dawn to catch the 5:30 train, I grab my bag with my computer and notes for the day, and take a deep breath. I’ve stood in front of classrooms before, but only guest lectures or lab sections with 20-30 students at most.Today I had three full lectures halls, each with 150 students, and on a subject I haven’t thought much about since my freshman year, some 13…

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I RARELY write in my planner in pen. Only things that are absolutely, positively not going to change – such as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays – will I dare to write in red rink. While I hate the smudge of pencil, as a graduate student, therapist in training, and employee, my schedule changes more times than Madonna live in concert. As much as I despise pencil smudge, I hate scratched-on pen…

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One week before the start of the new semester and a new clinical rotation, I moved, which is not something I would recommend to any student, but especially a grad student. It has since been nearly 4 months since the move, and I finally did it; I finally got cable installed. It has been on my to do list since the day I first got my keys, but my full…

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Students struggle with staying true to themselves in a few different ways: allowing fear to cripple their writing, becoming a cocky writer, plagiarizing, and thinking too much about their writing. More issues exist in students’ writing, but these are a few that I would like to highlight in this blog post. The first article that I found discusses how you should not allow fear to cripple your writing.

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Following the theme of networking, I recently hosted my friend Pam from the University of Alberta.  I met Pam at the Northwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Developmental Biologists in 2007.   Pam was an undergraduate who works on the development of freshwater sponges, and I was a graduate student at the University of Oregon working on marine worms, and we found our shared appreciation for enigmatic invertebrates and how studying their…

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I often get asked the question, “How do you do it all?” I must admit that between being a full time doctoral student with three jobs and a clinical rotation keeps me pretty busy, and there are days where even I have no idea how I do all that it is I do. I have learned a thing or two about multitasking and time management, so I thought I would…

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Whether it’s in undergraduate or graduate school, students struggle with time management. Some students don’t necessarily go out to parties or procrastinate by socializing constantly, but they allow their work to become back-burner material, second to other organizations on campus, family, friends, and jobs. I have a few tips that should get you on your way to better managing your time. 1. Budget Your Time. Just like most of…

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With the economy on the mend, everyone is trying to cut back expenses—including your potential employers and/or graduate committees. Because of this, Skype interviews have become increasingly popular. You’ll want to make sure you present yourself in the best possible light (literally). Here are 10 tips that will ensure you look your best. Practice, practice, practice Like any interview (phone or in-person), anticipate what questions you may get,…

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How many graduate students from your university do you know? Do you only know the names of those in your department? My goal is to push you to desire to know more people who are in the same program as you. Stanford University, as well as many other universities, accomplishes this by maintaining what they call the Graduate Life Office. Visit their site so…

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