What do grad students actually do? Grad students have to attend classes, complete assigned homework and class presentations, take exams, teach and grade lab reports, do bench work in lab, keep up with the scientific literature by reading articles, collect and analyze data, write papers, present at lab meetings, department meetings, and conferences, apply for funding by writing grants, and manage projects and undergrads. Even writing that sentence was overwhelming. Grad school is the most rigorous test of time management and organization. In addition, we’re dealing with every day challenges such as workplace conflict, maintaining friendships and relationships, and mental health struggles. Nevertheless, grad school is where we develop crucial skills (both practical and social skills) for our future careers.
My posts on Phd Life will highlight this exhausting list of things that grad students deal with on a daily basis, share insight from my own grad school experience, and tell the stories of young research scientists.