Perhaps not surprisingly, grad students tend to take on more debt when going into fields where the pay is higher.

Students studying medicine and law typically borrow more than a hundred thousand dollars to get through school, and many go on to high-paying careers.

At the other end of the spectrum, many PhD students wind up in academia. Most get grants and subsidies — and the majority don’t have to borrow any money at all to get through grad school.

Medicine, Law, Business: Which Grad Students Borrow The Most?

Source: National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS)
Credit: Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Things I learned my 1st year in Grad School

1. You have a lot of professional/adulting commitments. Like a LOT. And a lot of them no one will know about (unlike grades) so you have to learn to prioritize and be proud of yourself for accomplishing things that are scary/new.

2. You can’t please everyone. Ever. So take time to find out who you are so you can use your ideal self as your guidebook to life.

3. As a professional adult, you are responsible for coming to work with the best, most productive version of yourself, because other people are affected by the manner in which you show up. This means you are responsible for sleeping enough, maintaining physical and mental health, and taking care of your emotional needs in advance so you can perform well in your job.

4. Productivity means different things at different times. Sometimes it means sleep. Sometimes it means mental break. Sometimes it means getting in touch with nature to put things in perspective. Sometimes it means dropping that thing you planned to do because something important came up.

5. Nobody’s perfect. Get in the habit of self-reflecting so that you start noticing the things you did right as well as the things that went a little weird or wrong. You are doing so many things in a day now and answering to so many different people that you’re going to slip up occasionally, but you are also learning as you go how to do things right too :) I love my mentors because they remember what it was like to be in my shoes.

6. Write thank you notes to people who have helped you. Especially those who have donated their time to you.

7. Seek help but also give help to those who come after you.

8. Keep good records and keep them organized. You never know when you might have to prove you worked or followed the rules.

9. Your integrity and reputation in academia are gold. Do not put them at unnecessary risk. Be very careful what you post on social media. The safest thing to do is:

10. Be authentic. Take the hard way if it is authentic to who you are. Even if you think no one will ever find out, it is safest to do what you think is right and to have good intentions, because your choices reflect your character. Make sure to always present your character consistently with the incredible kindness and excellence that is your essence.

I realized that a lot of Batman’s villains are doctors in their field of interest: Dr. Fries (Mr. Freeze), Dr. Crane (Scarecrow), Dr. Quinzel (Haley Quinn), and Dr. Isley (Poison Ivy).

I guess for those in education, you either graduate with a master’s degree or live long enough to see yourself become a villain.


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What's grad school like?

That is a tough question to answer for a wide variety of reasons. Grad school is a highly individualized experience with some overlapping similarities. The difficulty will vary based on what you are going to grad school for or the personalities of the people within your department. I can only speak about my own experience: I am a 2nd year Master’s student in Classics (this is my last semester), and grad school for me has been quite difficult. The two main reasons for its difficulty have been the amount of stress that results from the expectations and the varying degree of a grad student support group within my department (by that I mean that other grad students in my department were more akin to isolationism than forming a supportive community where we could all vent about our shared experience). It has been a unique experience to be sure, and I have learned a lot about myself and the workings of academia. My advice for anyone considering grad school is to deeply assess and investigate the personalities and the specialities of the department you are going to before you say yes. This is not a case of are you, the student, good enough for their school, it is a case of “are you able, as a department, to support and understand me and my goals as a scholar?” If the answer to that question is anything except an overwhelming “yes”, look at other options.

Un brindis.

Un brindis por las estupideces que hicimos
y por aquellas que no nos atrevimos a hacer.
Un brindis por los chicos que rompieron nuestro corazón
y por los chicos que intentaron armarnos de nuevo.
Un brindis por las desveladas, las discusiones y por las malas decisiones.
Un brindis por las lagrimas en nuestra almohada, por los recuerdos, y por las risas guardadas.
Un brindis por los falsos amigos, y por aquellos que quieres tener a tu lado toda tu vida.
Un brindis por esta etapa que esta por terminar.
Y un brindis por todo aquello que puede traer la universidad.