You are starting a new graduate program in the Fall. What better time to seek out some advice from scholars who have been down this road before you? In looking for some advice written to new graduate students, we came across a piece by Stephen Spears at Yale called “A Modest Advice for Graduate Students.” He has some straight forward advice that can apply to most disciplines and resonated with a few of our student authors for this blog. He doesn’t, however, feel the need to be warm and fuzzy. So lest you walk away feeling that his advice is too harsh, you may also want to read “Reply to Stearns: Some Acynical Advice for Graduate Students” by Raymond Huey. Together they seem to strike a nice balance.
Two other great articles for new graduate students appeared in The Chronicle several years ago. You may want to read An Open Letter to New Graduate Students and Too Much Self-Doubt? Try Thinking Like a Creator.
And while you haven’t even started yet, here is a short article giving some great advice on how not to become a PhD non-completer.
Have you read any advice about starting graduate school that you’d like to share with other incoming students? Post a link in the comments section!