As Graduate Students Prepare For The New Academic Year

[Note: this is a repost from August, 2017.]

It was suggested to me that as the new school year approaches, it would be helpful to revisit a few posts from the past. The first set of these takes us traveling back in time to posts providing advice for graduate students.

One is “Profs: What Would You Tell Your Grad Students, But Can’t?” in which professors share their thoughts about things graduate students should know which might be awkward to say to them.

Another is “Grad Students: What Do You Wish You Knew?,” in which I asked graduate students who are no longer brand new what they wish they had known when they started their programs—about being a graduate student, about studying philosophy, about departmental life, about the profession at large.


Both threads have a good number of comments.

Lastly, there is this popular guest post—“Grad Traps!“—by Daniel Silvermint (University of Connecticut), in which he discusses the “ways in which we burden ourselves early in our careers with thoughts and habits that make work and life harder.”

Additional suggestions welcome.

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