During our graduate orientation, our program director told us, “You may feel like comparing yourself with each other throughout your time here, but let me assure you: compare your success with yourself and no one else. Your success depends on you and you alone.” Even though I remembered this advice, I still found myself comparing myself to others in my program. There always seemed to be the “golden boy” or…

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I’m sick…I have the flu.  Okay, well, I don’t anymore, but a week ago I did.  My mind automatically wonders back to a conversation I had a few weeks back with my clinical supervisor… “You know, John, the hospital provides free flu shots for everyone who sees patients here.” “You know, I haven’t had the flu since I was 9 years old; I think I’ll be fine.”…

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Many doctoral candidates may be afraid of their “competition” in the program, but there’s nothing to worry about when you focus on your goals and what you need to get done. I have a few tips on how to gain that extra leg up either in your program or entire university, but it will take more determination and drive on your end to follow through with the actions. Be…

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you’re like me you probably feel like a stranger going home for the winter break. One of the common refrain graduate students say is, “My parents still don’t know what I do.” In a research-heavy, experimental psychology program, the misconceptions of what “we do” abound. For me, my career goals currently encompass getting either an academic job teaching and doing research at…

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Some people have described the minds of graduate school advisors while thinking about their graduate students’ research, as Markov chains. That description is not made audibly by anyone who is still working on their degree and would like to continue doing so, of course. A Markov chain, in essence, is memoryless. What will happen next in a sequence of occurrences is determined by the current set of events and nothing…

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Today is Thanksgiving Day, and the first thing that I am thankful for is the fact that I had no alarm set and was able to sleep in until 8:15 am for the first time in over 6 months.  As I took a moment to really contemplate on what it means to be thankful I spent some time really reflecting on what it is exactly that I am thankful for. …

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Do you feel that faculty and staff members of your department, or university as a whole, don’t treat graduate students as well as you should be treated? I am here to assure you that you play a vital role in your department and university, and Chancellor Linda Katehi of the University of California in Davis agrees with me. Clifton Parker wrote…

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I could not be more pleased to be writing this blog right now. For many years, PhDStudent.com was but a twinkle in my eye and a notepad full of ideas, but now it’s finally come into fruition. My name is René P, and I have a Masters and PhD in Experimental Psychology. I work as a senior statistician for both a university and a consulting company that I founded. I…

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Hello there, and welcome to my blog.  This focus of this blog is one of my favorite subjects in the world: me!  Well, not so much about just me, but my life and experiences as a graduate student.  But before I get too distracted with my experiences, I am going to take few moments to shamelessly, dare I say borderline narcissistically, talk about me.  I am 24 years old, and…

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My name is Sara, and I am currently in my fifth year of graduate school in an experimental psychology program. I wanted to come to graduate school because I loved the scientific study of psychology, and wanted to (a) create my own knowledge in the disciple (i.e., do research), and (b) share psychology knowledge with others (i.e., teaching). I chose social psychology as the area I wanted to pursue, because…

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