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On being a graduate student

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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 thoughts on “On being a graduate student

  1. Cassie Marshall

    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

  2. Robyn Lee

    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.www.lovinleelife.blogspot.com

  3. Ashley Elizabeth

    Congrats!!! Good luck!

  4. Unknown

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  5. Unknown

    Congratulations on being a graduate student! I know it probably took a lot of hard work and time to get that degree!XO,http://sororitygirlintherealworld.blogspot.com/

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