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What is the best way to get acclimated to graduate school after working in the field?


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Linda Ann’s Answer

It's not clear how long it has been since you have graduated with your bachelors degree. IF it's been more than 10 years AND you have not kept up with recent research in the field, be prepared for the need to take remedial coursework (i..e, upper division undergraduate courses) in order to come up to speed - some of what you learned may be obsolete...


The amount of effort that you will expend in studying will be significantly more than what you expended as an undergraduate student. Professors will expect a lot more independence from you, i.e., no hand holding. Get involved in the research program of one of the faculty members. In fact, you should select a graduate program on the basis of your research interests and the faculty members doing that research.


Good luck.


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Gerta’s Answer

Definitely creating a schedule and dedicating time to school work and studying and sticking with it. Plan your days and times that you will be working, days and times that you will only dedicate to school and days and times you will dedicate to focus on yourself and/or others. Sticking to your plan will help you feel more organized and help you manage your workload, school load and your free time. Good luck!

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Jennifer’s Answer

I started grad school 10 years after I finished my undergrad degree. To get back in the mindset of being in school, I had to be proactive in scheduling time to complete course work, setting up a space in my home that I dedicated to my studies (so I could make a conscious break between school and home/work). I also made sure to connect with my professors and peers who were "non-traditional" students. Creating and sticking to a schedule was very helpful - it allowed me to efficiently balance work, school and home life. Good Luck!

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