summer before grad school

June 2, 2015

Congrats – You’re Accepted! How to Maximize the Summer Before Grad School

If you read up on the topic of how to best spend the summer before graduate school, you’ll encounter comments from those who’ve been there which signify three schools of thought, listed below with examples. 1) Work your you-know-what off for your degree. a. Apply for fall or spring TA/RA positions, if they are still open. b. Work in your field, even if unpaid. c. Start your research. d. Connect with possible advisors, and otherwise network at your school. e. Join professional organizations in your field, and attend their events. 2) Work your you-know-what off just to make some cash. […]