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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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