A photo from orientation, two months ago.
Somehow it happened. It’s the midpoint of the fall semester. I’ve already gone through two months of grad school. It’s been a ride for sure, but I’m loving the experience. I’m looking forward to seeing through the end of first semester. Most of my classes finish up around Thanksgiving, so it’ll be crunch time soon. I apologize if that means even fewer blog posts than usual! In the last two months, I’ve learned a number of things about this grad program:
1. Make a schedule and stick to it. It’s so important to prioritize assignments. Look at what has to get done first and focus on that. Procrastination doesn’t work well in grad school.
2. Always overestimate school assignments. It’s better to do more work than less. It takes some time getting used to what the professor expects. Aim high when it comes to submitted work.
3. Learn how to read and analyze academic articles. I read so much each week, mostly journal articles about mass communication. I have a system now for finding the key takeaways of each article.
4. Take advantage of opportunities. I’ve been able to know professors better due to smaller class sizes. For me, I’ve found more one-on-one time with instructors than I did in undergrad. I feel like I’m in a more tight-knit community.
5. Free time doesn’t mean play time. I don’t have class every weekday, but I still use that time for homework and class prep. It’s hard to get ahead on work, but if I have the opportunity, I’ll start on assignments early.