After two full weeks as a bona fide graduate student, I can confidently say I’ve learned everything there is to know about this whole grad school thing. Here are just a few tidbits of wisdom for ya:
- Time and effort are not the same thing.
- A proper academic book review is supposed to include a summary of the book, not just critique. Anything less is “not adequate” (whoops).
- Teaching is something I might someday learn to enjoy. I hope. I’ll reserve judgment on that one.
- Knowing lots of random historical facts is not actually that important.
- Pennsylvania is hellishly humid. But there’s an abundance of good produce. So it almost evens out.
- Books should be thoroughly skimmed, not read. My advisor told me this, and everyone else seems to agree.
- Long-long-distance relationships: not for the faint of heart, and generally kind of a bummer. But totally worth it.
- History is actually still a rather male-dominated field, especially here.
- Being a grad student does feel slightly more bad-ass than being an undergrad. So that’s a plus, I guess.