Some of you will be entering graduate school at the end of this summer. This means that you have decided to put your social life on hold for at least 2 years, have a depressing budget, and accumulate a massive amount of student loan debt. GREAT! On top of that pressure, you’re probably experiencing stage 3 Impostor Syndrome and freaking out about getting your life together so that you can kick some ass in your program.
Well, you’re not alone. We’re in this together, internet friend. Lucky for us both, I have asked several recent graduates for some grad-school preparation advice. Using their words of wisdom, I’ve compiled a user friendly guide to help us all!
Step 1 – Exercise Regularly/ Find Your Zone
Get off to the right start by finding your workout of choice. Whether that is running, kickboxing, hiking, yoga, bicycling — find what exercise you enjoy and start a routine so that you have a good practice in place before the program starts. You will likely have to cut this schedule dramatically, but keeping one day a week will give you the energy you need to get through those dreadful hours of prolonged studying.[sc:shn-ad3]
Step 2 – Get a Grad School “Accountabilibuddy”
If you can, find a friend who is who going into grad school or entering into a difficult program at the same time as you. Misery loves company, sure, but it is also beneficial to have someone else in a similar boat as you that you can encourage and feel encouraged by during this long and intense adult decision.
It is no joke that graduate programs are difficult, but having the support you need from another person who feels your pain can make all the difference when you’re feeling like the world is folding in on you. They don’t need to be in the same program, they can be half a world away and you can check in with one another monthly for phone or skype dates!