They say you know you’re a grad student when…
September 24th, 2009

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They say you know you’re a grad student when you can read course books and cook at the same time. That’s probably a dated definition. Today’s grad student can probably read, cook, listen to music, and download a movie at the same time. (more…)

Fear of public speaking ranks right up there, along with fear of abandonment and death…
September 18th, 2009

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Fear of public speaking ranks right up there, along with fear of abandonment and death. Many people are simply paralyzed by it. It is not impossible to go through one’s entire undergraduate career without ever speaking up in class.  It is far less easy to escape that responsibility as a graduate student, although some desperately try. (more…)

Is it master’s or masters degree?…
September 11th, 2009

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Is it master’s or masters degree? Juggling a few possible topics for this week’s blog, I settled instantly upon the spelling theme when a colleague wrote to point out that another error of this kind had just been committed in a campus-wide bulletin. It’s enough to make you rip up the parchment your degree was printed on. (more…)

What does it mean to become a professional?…
September 3rd, 2009

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What does it mean to become a professional? I have been thinking about this question because it marks what is probably the most important difference between undergraduate and graduate studies. Undergraduates are, by and large, amateurs, and graduates are professionals, or being trained to be.

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