10 Tips for Surviving Graduate School

So you want to survive grad school? Here’s some stuff that you should probably know:

1. Make friends with your classmates.

These people are invaluable resources. If you have to miss class for work, sickness, or just because you’re having a bad day, it’s good to have someone to get the notes from or to give you a recap of what you missed. You can help each other pick the next semesters classes and teachers. Also, it makes things way less awkward when it comes time for group projects. And there will be like a billion group projects.

2. You actually have to study.

Like a lot. I have found Starbucks drinks and cheetos from the gas station help me in my late night cram sessions.

3. Try not to be super jealous of your friends who aren’t in school anymore.

I know, I know… It’s a fascinating concept. They just go to work… and then they go home! And can do whatever the hell they want afterward!

Ok, let’s be honest, you’re going to be super jealous of them. And want to punch them when they say things like “I’m so glad I’m not in school anymore!”

4. Procrastination is the enemy.

Seriously, it doesn’t work with grad school.

You will do the right thing and decline hanging out with your friends because you know you have to study. You’ll even pull out your computer, school books, and notes. But then you’ll sit on Facebook for hours, Google unsolved missing persons cases in your area, decide to start a blog, or realize that you never did watch that latest episode of The Bachelor… Finally, you’ll start studying for your exam and before you know it you are crying over a pint of ice cream because there is nooooo way you’ll learn everything by tomorrow.

…which leads me to my next point…

5. You’re probably going to get fat.

What does sitting on your butt at work + sitting on your butt at school + sitting on your butt studying + sugary drinks and fast food (because let’s face it, you’re not going to have time to cook) equal? Yep, fat.

But don’t get discouraged! You’ll have time to go to the gym and cook healthier when you’re out of school, right? Right… Just keep telling yourself that and you won’t feel so guilty about that late night study snack.

6. You’ll probably fail a test or two.

And you’re going to flip your lid because you never failed anything in your life and now all of the sudden you realize that you don’t know anything. And you’re going to question why the hell you decided to get a Masters degree because obviously it’s only for geniuses and people with no lives.

7. Managing your career/education/romantic life/social life/family life is effing hard.

And you’re either going to fail or make yourself crazy if you try to please everyone. Do what you want, when you want, and try not to feel guilty about it. Even though you will feel guilty when you choose to relax or spend time with friends. “I should be studying” will be in your head all day. Every day. Every. Freaking. Day.

8. You’ll sometimes hate your classmates.

You know the ones. “OMG that test was so easy, huh?” Yeah. Super easy. Let me go slam my face into a wall now.

9. Remember that one day you’ll eventually be out of school.

Right? After like a billion years straight in school, one day you will finally be done!!! And it’ll be worth it. Right?!

10. Don’t take more classes than you can handle.

You think it’s a good idea to take 9 hours of graduate level course work and work a 40 hour work week and commute 2 hours each day? Trust me, it’s not a good idea.

It’s pretty sad that I don’t really have anything positive to say about graduate school… Am I doing it right?!

Le sigh.

2 thoughts on “10 Tips for Surviving Graduate School

  1. That sounds like it completely sucks…but you’re braver than me! I couldn’t even bring myself to do it. I know you’re going to feel so good once you have your MBA and it’ll all be worth it! 🙂

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