6 Lessons Learned from Surviving Grad School

So how exactly does The Grad School Series (I, II, III, IV and V) fit in with the purpose of this blog?! I don’t know many Indian-American women who pursued higher academic studies in fields that weren’t medicine, business or law. That’s probably because many have felt the strong family pressures to “color within the […] Read more…

How I Survived Grad School, Part V

A week after passing my exams, I demanded the $3,000 promised by my dad and one month later, was on a plane to Italy with one of my best friends. Upon returning, I spent the entire summer relaxing and making happiness a top priority. The summer ended on a great note with a trip to […] Read more…

How I Survived Grad School, Part IV

The Home Stretch The drama behind my comprehensive exam was the last straw for me. I knew I had to leave but now it became a question of when. What I wanted to do was delay retaking the exam and find a job and withdraw from the university before having to retake it, and thus […] Read more…

How I Survived Grad School, Part III

Strike 3: Welcome to the Circus Several months had passed since I resigned from my position when I began a group study for my last comprehensive exam. It was with two Masters students and for five months, the three of us met weekly covering all the major topics, authors and debates.  We were quite proud of ourselves […] Read more…

Frustration

How I Survived Grad School, Part II

Photo by Bernard Goldbach Strike 2: The Muppet Show After the first debacle, a few months went by with relative stability. My committee and I did our best to meet our responsibilities to the faculty and students in the form of scheduling brown bag luncheons, colloquia and comprehensive exam review sessions with professors. During this […] Read more…

How I Survived Grad School, Part I

Photo by e-magic (Eric) What sane person enters a PhD program at age 22?! I uprooted myself from my home in NYC to start an MA/PhD program in Florida in 2005. I know, I couldn’t have picked a nicer place to live. My interest since high school in women and development issues led me to […] Read more…

Welcome to A Desi New Yorker!

So here’s what happened: I had been a career student from the time I was 3 years-old. I successfully graduated from nursery school, elementary school, one of the top public high schools in New York City, a public university on a full scholarship and landed myself in a doctoral program with a fellowship. I’ve done […] Read more…

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