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15 Facts About Life In Grad School

Lets talk about some truths about life in Grad School. So here my 15 Truths About Grad School that you may no know!




I will say that as a wanna-be forever student, I enjoy college life for the most part, but let's not forget all of the BS that comes along with my self-proclaimed title!


So with the real impending doom of my college career fast approaching I wanted to share the dirty truths behind grad school. Of course there are things that make grad school an amazing experience, but I prefer the blunt and brutal truth about it all.

  1. Grad School sucks the life out of you, day after day, but still it ends up being an amazing 2-5 years. 
  2. First finding the 'RIGHT' grad school seems to be a never-ending task, so then you take the best offer ($<$$)
  3. Having to find your first off-campus house in fun and exciting (hello Pinterest worthy living spaces) until you have to pay a deposit, rent, and all the utilities bills and get stuck with a shitty landlord. 
  4. Finding your advisor 'can' be fun, that is until the advisor you really want to work with tries to talk you out of it 3 times at an hour each and all of the grad students warn you against him. But my advice: go with your gut, chose someone whose research interests you. 
  5. Accept the fact that after your done with your degree, you will be a semi mini-version of your advisor. I now listen to Reggae music when doing research, have a constant supply of snarky comments to share, and respond with the word 'check'. I am now a mini version of Coach and while I pretend to hate it all, he has really helped/taught/mentored me!
  6. Classes are not all that bad, although there will be moments where you swear off another semester of grad school. Push through, it gets better!!!
  7. You will get very close with the other grad students in your program and ones that are in your lab. They will understand the bullshit request of Dr. E and the crazy revisions requested by Dr. H. They will be there for support, nights out, the good times, the bad times, and there to celebrate with you when it is all over. 
  8. Grad school is like a full time job, except with a longer winter break. Yes only a winter break because during the summer you will be at school working away! Trust me though you will probably be way more productive during the summer, no other students to deal with. 
  9. CAFFEINE, COFFEE, AND MORE CAFFEINE = Survival. 
  10. Speaking of beverages to survive through grad school, add in some beer. De-stressing is necessary and alcohol helps with this. So find a local bar and enjoy! Trust me the hard times require some liquid encouragement to go back the next day and get shit done!
  11. You will need to stop being a procrastinator. Shit does not work in grad school. Sure you will have to pull all-nighters, but generally it is because you research has failed for the 10th time and you have a presentation to get ready for. 
  12. Grad School will teach you that it's ok to fail and that you should be damn happy about the few successes. 
  13. Speaking of failures, you will think of dropping out. It's ok, I did it on a bi-weekly basis, until I was working on my thesis and it was the daily basis. School is hard, especially grad school, but stick with it and you will make it through, eventually.
  14. You will have to take steps back every now and then and press refresh, burnout is a real thing. Learning to push through burnout however is part of the learning experience. 
  15. Lastly, while I joke about how grad school is terrible, that my advisor sucked and that I wanted to drop out. In the end you will look back (most likely at your completed thesis) and say suck it grad school, I kicked your ass! 
So if your thinking about life in grad school,  I hope that this gave you some insight and if you ever want to ask questions just let me know! I would love to help/give advice/a honest opinion! 

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