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  1. #1 JoeJoe's Advice for New Graduate School Students 
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    Got this off the Chronicle of Higher Ed, in the comments section of a fairly dull article ("Welcome to Graduate School") which told students how to succeed in graduate school. I like this guy's list better.


    http://chronicle.com/article/Welcome...School/148775/

    Joe Joe • 17 minutes ago

    I've got my own list:

    1. Get sleep.

    2. Don't get involved in department politics.

    3. If your advisor wants you to take his/her side in department battles, change advisors.

    4. Meet professors on campus or in public coffee shops, not at home. Don't drink with them, don't smoke weed with them. Don't share your problems with them or let them share theirs with you. The more personally involved you are, the more difficult it will be when they screw you over.

    5. Get the hell off of campus and live in a real neighborhood where people will talk about TV shows and how long the grass is getting.

    6. Take up kickboxing or Korean drumming. Or you can make voodoo dolls and buy lots of pins. This helps you avoid jail time and a write-up in the local paper.

    7. Get DVDs of Rocky and Raging Bull. Watch the former when you're depressed, watch the latter when you think you're never going to get out alive.

    8. Date someone outside of academics who knows how to talk you off a ledge without suggesting you leave grad school for a nice job in real estate.

    9. Learn when you're really that good. Don't forget it.

    10. Rediscover religion. Know that your deity/higher consciousness/yoga practice will help you, and that your department will have Last Judgment/hellfire/karma/bad vibes waiting for them.

    And finally, when you're up writing your dissertation late at night, remember that Ramen noodles don't go well with M&Ms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    ..........

    And finally, when you're up writing your dissertation late at night, remember that Ramen noodles don't go well with M&Ms.
    But Peter Pan Crunchy does.
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
    Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    But Peter Pan Crunchy does.
    I sense a personal memory there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    I sense a personal memory there.
    Now how might you get that idea??????







    (and it's not a long term one either)
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
    Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    Now how might you get that idea??????




    It's coming to me in a vision





    ..

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    Yon need a new crystal ball - my vision was of a spoonful of PB covered with m's.
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
    Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    Yon need a new crystal ball - my vision was of a spoonful of PB covered with m's.
    ROFL!!
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