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There are many ways to find success in graduate school. We have talked about many different ways weekly in the Victors in Grad School podcast, and if you have listened to past episodes you will find that everyone’s journey to and through graduate school is different. That being said there are some commonalities that we can share thus far from past guests that include:

  1. Set clear goals: Define what you want to achieve during your graduate studies and create a roadmap to achieve them. This will help you stay focused and motivated.
  2. Build a strong support network: Find mentors, advisors, peers, and colleagues who can support you through your journey. Surround yourself with people who will encourage and challenge you.
  3. Manage your time effectively: Graduate school can be demanding, so make sure to prioritize your time and manage your workload effectively. Set realistic deadlines and use tools such as calendars and to-do lists to stay organized.
  4. Seek out opportunities for professional development: Attend conferences, workshops, and networking events to build your skills and expand your knowledge. This will help you stand out in the job market and make valuable connections.
  5. Stay engaged in your field: Keep up-to-date with the latest research and developments in your field by reading journals, attending seminars, and participating in discussions. This will help you develop a deeper understanding of your field and its current trends.
  6. Take care of yourself: Prioritize self-care, including getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy diet. Graduate school can be stressful, so taking care of your physical and mental health is crucial.
  7. Seek out feedback and take constructive criticism: Feedback can help you grow and improve. Seek out feedback from your mentors and peers, and be open to constructive criticism.
  8. Develop a strong work ethic: Graduate school can be challenging, so it’s important to develop a strong work ethic. This means showing up prepared, meeting deadlines, and putting in the time and effort required to achieve your goals.
  9. Build a portfolio of accomplishments: Keep track of your achievements, such as publications, conference presentations, and awards. These accomplishments will help you stand out in the job market and demonstrate your expertise.
  10. Stay motivated: Graduate school can be a long journey, so it’s important to stay motivated. Remind yourself of your goals and the reasons why you decided to pursue a graduate degree. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way and stay focused on the bigger picture.

In conclusion, attending graduate school can be scary, but every student CAN find success. If you talk to any faculty member within a graduate program you will find that their goal is for you to be successful, not that you fail, thus you can succeed if you set yourself up for success from the beginning of your graduate school journey!