With the start of classes only about two weeks away, now is a good time to start thinking about ways to prepare for grad school life. Whether you’re starting graduate school in the Fall, or you’ve just now made the decision to apply for a program, everybody could use some tips on how grad school is different than what we’re used to. We usually don’t stop and think about the rather drastic ways that being a student can change your life, but luckily these people have:
Know why you’re getting your degree and remember that grad school life can be a completely different animal than your undergrad career was. It requires much more communication and effort than you may be used to.
Graduate School is a bigger challenge than you expect, because it’s not only about studying, it’s about acclimating to life as a professional.
As a new grad student, you have to learn to rely on a new support network. Learn from students who are already in your program, and be sure to become involved in the activities that your school or program offers.
A current student shares her opinion on how grad school is more solitary, but also has its own special kinds of rewards in the long run.
New Students: While you’re thinking about transitioning to graduate school, now would also be a good time to register for Fall Orientation if you haven’t done so already. You’ll get lots of specific advice and information about your new graduate career here at the College of Charleston.
For all of you new students, see you soon. In the meantime, stay motivated!