As a first-year student, you are probably familiar by now with the whirlwind that we call graduate school. Now, it's time to be proactive and make the most out of your first year in graduate school.
In the Chronicle of Higher Education article, "Your First Year in a Ph.D. Program," Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong share their tips and advice for making the most of your first year experience. Here is a list of what they recommend:
- Make sure you know your departmental requirements and what milestones you need to complete.
- Get involved in your department (e.g., attend events, take on a leadership role, participate in organizations).
- Create a support group.
- Make use of the professional development opportunities offered by your department and university (see the GradPost Events page to stay up-to-date on the latest events).
- Make sure your advisor is a good fit for you and your research. If he or she is not a good fit, start looking for another advisor as soon as possible.
- Join professional organizations and follow their news.
- Talk with and learn from advanced doctoral students.
- Build your network.
I found Vick's and Furlong's advice to be very helpful and straightforward. I recommend reading the full article to learn more about how you can make the most of your first year in graduate school.
If you have questions or need additional advice, feel free to contact any of the Graduate Division Peer Advisors.