9 Reasons Why I Miss Being in Grad School

9 Reasons Why I Miss Being in Grad School

It’s now been two years since I walked across the stage, shook the administrators’ hands, and received my doctorate degree. I remember thinking, “Yes, I did it!” Things were looking up for me, I had a job lined up, I was a new mom, and finally free from school and all the unpleasant things associated with it (like sitting in seminar meetings). Two years later, I have a much different perspective than I did back then. Below, I’ve outlined nine things that I miss about being in grad school. If you're in grad school, my advice is be grateful for what you've got while it lasts.

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Are You a Super-Parent? Why You Shouldn’t Put So Much Pressure on Yourself

Are You a Super-Parent? Why You Shouldn’t Put So Much Pressure on Yourself

You’ve excelled at everything in your life thus far. You’re a budding expert in your field. You dazzle your peers and faculty with your mad research skills. You’re a superstar in your field. So why would becoming a new parent be any different? According to recent research, feeling pressure to be a “super-parent” can exacerbate mental health conditions in new parents.

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Adjusting to Grad School Life: Social Changes

Adjusting to Grad School Life: Social Changes

An adjustment change that many graduate students have to go through is figuring out how to balance their social lives and academic lives. Undergraduates have plenty of opportunities to be social, but grad students have a much heavier work load, and therefore, less time. However, there are still a number of ways you can have a healthy social life while in grad school.

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Feeling Like a Stranger Going Back Home to the Family?

Feeling Like a Stranger Going Back Home to the Family?

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 a university or working in industry as a statistician. Only recently did my mother-in-law stop asking if I was going to open my own practice near our hometown in rural Nebraska. I know next to nothing about clinical or counseling psychology.

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AmandaMorin
Good advice! I've also found it helpful to think about the common misconceptions people have about what I do and when I'm asked, ... Read More
Saturday, 05 January 2013 01:19
JohnM
I totally know what you mean. I went home for the holidays, which for me is only a 20 minute drive, and as I am sitting around lo... Read More
Monday, 07 January 2013 19:06
SaraB
@AmandaMorin, I think you give some valuable advice to anyone getting a PhD. Most people do NOT get a PhD and have a lot of miscon... Read More
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:16
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