Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Grad student: Obstacles & Success

Some one in the Facebook group wanted to know what are the obstacles for grad students and what success means to them. This is what I posted in reply:

* Funding
* Study work load
* Balancing academic & personal life
* Striving to meet high expectations and live up to the high achievements / standards set by peers. For immigrant students / international students:
* Cultural adjustment
* Adjustment to a new system of education etc.

What SUCCESS means:
* Better job & thus better life style
* Good networks
* Opportunity to meet smart people
* Opportunity for research / further specialization or further studies like a PhD. * And most of all, a feeling of self worth and personal accomplishment.

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