Thursday, June 6, 2013

On being a graduate student


I've been a graduate student for a little over 4 weeks now. So, I am no expert.
What I can tell you, is that being a graduate student is very different than being an undergraduate student.

1. You feel a greater level of responsibility for your education.-I used to have the mindset of "what's going to be on the test? I only want to know what is going to be on the test so that I can get the grade I want". Now, it is SO different. I am going to be responsible to help people, to increase their quality of life, to be the expert they look to for advice- I need to know everything!

2. You achieve a new level of trust- You remember when you went from high school to college and all of a sudden you could go to the bathroom in class with out asking? It was this huge new level of trust. Well I feel like going from undergraduate to graduate school is another jump on the trust level. I take tests on my computer with my study notes just one click away and I'm already responsible to treat clients with communication disorders.

3. It takes a lot more effort - I am at school/the clinic all day every day. Undergraduate was kind of that way, but I feel like I am putting in so much more effort/energy into each minute (probably tied to #1). This results in being pretty tired and a few more naps :)

4. You become very close with your classmates- There are 15 of us in the cohort right now. It's only been about a month, but I can honestly say that I know these girls (and guy!) are going to be some of my best friends.


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5 comments:

  1. I start my PhD program in August so it was really nice to read these! I feel prepared but still unsure of how it will really be once I am there

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  2. I love this post! My husband just graduated from BYU and is starting his grad program so I feel like we can totally relate to this.

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  3. congrats and good luck :)

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  4. Congratulations on being a graduate student! I know it probably took a lot of hard work and time to get that degree!

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