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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So last week I talked a lot about what graduate school burnout is, and some warning signs that you might be experiencing burnout. This week I will be talking about what to do if you are experiencing some of the signs of burnout. Below are some helpful ways to help battle burnout and help you regain your passion for your field, knowledge, and your future career trajectory. Give Yourself…

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With these next few posts, I would like to put some of the more glamorous aspects of grad school on hold – yes, there are many glamorous aspects of grad school – and talk about a very serious issue that impacts many graduate students: burnout. In part one of this two-part series, I will be talking about what burnout is, and some of the warning signs that you might be…

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Now that I’ve told you how to apply for graduate school, you might be wondering how you’re going to pay for it all. If thinking about paying for grad school sends you into a panicked frenzy, then just take a deep breath and read this post to put things into perspective before you change your mind about grad school. Apply Early Applying early has paid off (in more ways…

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Lots of grad students are afraid of failure. Let me tell you about one of my biggest mess-ups in grad school (and they still let me graduate)! It was the semester I completed my qualifying exam, proposed my dissertation, and started to run Experiment 1. I was the TA for a lower-level course with 80+ students. My reputation around the department was that I’m a pretty conscientious person. I…

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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. Here is the third and final installment of dissertation tips that I learned along the way during my pregnancy. You don’t have to be pregnant to enact these tips, but you can learn from someone who’s been through the dissertation…

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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. Check out Part 1 of my tips here. Keep a Journal I downloaded a pregnancy app when I found out I was pregnant, and one of the first things it told me to do was start…

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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. The fall of my final year in graduate school, my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first baby in April—a month before I was supposed to graduate. I had a lot of work to do before the baby came: finish running the second…

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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. So you’re a new graduate student, and there’s years of possibilities for you ahead. If you want to make the most of your time in graduate…

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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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