Currently, I’m sitting in a study room with other members of my cohort attempting to tackle our capstone project. Like most of the time, this is when my best ideas come….when I let my mind wonder as opposed to doing what I should be doing.
I find it amazing that I am only a week away from graduation, and I still feel like I should have more time. I still have so much to learn! I’M NOT READY! I’M SO UNPREPARED TO BE A REAL PERSON!
With that being said, I wish I could go back in time and talk to myself and tell the past me what I know now. If I could do so, I’m not sure if I would tell him to drop everything that he was doing and to go to graduate school. Not that I am unhappy that I decided to continue my education, but I would have told the past me the following six things.
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- Do your research before committing to a program!!
- I wish I would have spoken to past alumni and received their thoughts and opinions on the program. It wasn’t until halfway through my program that I realized that this wasn’t what I wanted. My program sounded great on paper, but the actual application of it was not so.
- Make sure you are financially somewhat stable
- One of my biggest downfalls of this year was dealing with the random hidden fees that my school had. Due to the lack of communication between the administration, school officials and past alumni. All of my classmates and I had to come miraculously up with 10k each in two weeks to pay for the final two classes of our program that was no communicated to use before me enrolled. We were only told about the cost of the first two semesters.No one said anything about a summer capstone and internship fee!
WHERE THEY DO THAT AT? Apparently here…..***sucks teeth***
- Have a great support system
- Having a great support system will keep you grounded and sane as you spend countless nights vehemently researching to the wee hours of the night in the library only to be awoken by a security guard kicking you out because the library is closing.
- Take time to enjoy you!
- While grad school it is easy to get bogged down in our work. Make sure to take time for yourself. Go to a movie. Have a spa day. Read a book that isn’t school related. Do something that you enjoy doing! This will help you to remain focused and stress-free
- Get plenty of rest
- Remember to sleep! Invest in making your bed as comfortable as possible and allow yourself to get plenty of rest in that amazingly wonderful bed of yours!
- Sleep deprivation is really and can affect you academic performance if you let it. Not only that, when people are tired and stressed out they become more likely to fall ill, and trust me…you won’t have time to be getting sick!
- Make time for friends and family
- Maintaining healthy relationships while in grad school will help you to build a stronger support system as well as giving you some sense of normality. Seeing the same faces day in and day out can get old and trust me…it will. No matter how much you love your classmates, you will need to take some time to talk to people outside of your program. Keep in contact with friends. Maybe they can visit or vice versa when you have a chance to breathe in between large course loads.