I Am a Graduate Student

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    I Am Struggling With My Work

    Hey guys, I've joined a Ph.D this year in algorithms. And I'm struggling. Really. The biggest problem is that I fail to motivate myself. So, I end up goofing off on the web most of the time. Sometimes, when I am working, I suddenly lose concentration and start thinking about...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Dec 9, 2012

    Officially In Grad School!!

    YAY! I received my first decision letter today and I got accepted! To my first choice! With a decent finaid package! I'm still awaiting 4 more letters but it's all gravy after this. Massachusetts, here I come! :D
    ConfusedInCollege ConfusedInCollege
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 6, 2013

    Just Started Graduate School!

    So, I just started graduate school in the city this month and I also got an apartment, so am learning how to be completely on my own for the first time. Having only lived in a dormitory while coming home on the weekends, this is a new experience for me. By this point, my...
    MagicalPearl MagicalPearl
    22-25, F
    Sep 20, 2012

    Losing Motivation

    Anyone else struggling to balance work and school life? I feel like I'm going bonkers over here. I work full time and I'm taking 3 courses towards my MS. Definitely bit off more than I can chew for this term. June seems so close but the thought of staying motivated that long...
    girlwiththevolvo girlwiththevolvo
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 20, 2013

    240 Days left and Each day is getting harder

    and harder. But I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Adrenal Fatigue is the culprit now. I'm a SRNA student, which means I work long hours, take call, don't get paid but expected to be a full time student, full time unpaid employee, and completely and desperately alone in...
    GradStudentEnabler GradStudentEnabler
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 25, 2014

    Its What I Am

    I am currently in my second year of graduate school in Anthropology. I have found that I like graduate school more than I liked Undergrad. I feel that I have more freedom to study what I want and I am getting more out of it.  I am in a two year program, but I am no where...
    Filly85 Filly85
    22-25
    2 Responses Jan 29, 2009

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go

    My first year of grad school was total hell. It consisted of a close family member getting cancer on my third day of school, another family member dying (and having to miss their funeral because of school), hearing about my grandfather's failing health, and my husband having a...
    OurLadyoftheUpsideDown OurLadyoftheUpsideDown
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 6, 2013

    Wtf Am I Doing Here In Grad School??

    5 years ago I walked away from a hugely unsatisfying job work in the semiconductor field earing $45k/year - in a job that made Dilbert look appealing. May of 2009 finished a psyche degree I had started in the late 80's and graduated. August of 2009 started a Master's program in...
    shadowkeeperx shadowkeeperx
    36-40, M
    1 Response Sep 14, 2010

    My Life...

    School, work , school, sleep ... Repeat
    Netabell Netabell
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Aug 31, 2013

    Graduate School = Blues

    I've been in graduate school for a year now. I started soon after I got married, moved into a house, and adopted a dog (soon after starting graduate school we adopted a second dog who we were fostering). My husband started working overnight soon after we got married and this has...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Apr 29, 2013

    5th Year Blues - Help!!!!

    I'm working on my doctorate, and am just starting my 5th year, passed my oral and written exams last year and advanced to candidacy, 1-2 years left....but it is becoming more and more agonizing every day. I am so afraid of not finishing, but I am also afraid of what it will take...
    overwhelmedandconfused overwhelmedandconfused
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Sep 1, 2009

    I'M Worried About Getting Into Grad School

    I've known all my life that I wanted to study computer science. I graduated last year with a fairly decent score. I want to apply to universities in Switzerland and the USA, but I'm really anxious about the GRE score [I'm taking the GRE in two weeks' time]. Everything seems so...
    BloreLad BloreLad
    22-25, M
    1 Response Apr 22, 2013

    It Is What It Is......

    Can't believe I left home, friends, girlfriend, etc... to become a graduate student. It's been more than 2 years now and even though I've been succesful and I'm respected in my department, I can't stop thinking about a better life without having to deal with school anymore. It's...
    xavi006 xavi006
    22-25, M
    1 Response May 17, 2008

    I'm Actually Succeeding In Grad School

    I work full time and go to graduate school full time (to keep eligible for student loans)...it can be exhausting and I frequently meet myself coming and going, am usually late and tired for everything, and once sent a sock in my son's lunchbox and threw his PB and J sandwich in...
    41woman 41woman
    41-45, F
    1 Response Dec 9, 2010

    Finally, at age 31! I'm very proud of this

    accomplishment because I didn't think I could do it and almost gave up a few times. I attended college for one year after high school, and then dropped out and entered the workforce. I thought I was ready. Boy was I wrong. Instead I ended up working dead-end jobs and...
    somerbunni703 somerbunni703
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 23, 2013

    Addicted To School

    I am absolutely undoubtedly addicted to school. Which is probably the reason why I'm applying to medical school a.k.a. the only full time job that puts you in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. My major in undergrad was biology (big surprise for a pre- med) with a minor in...
    twoagainstone twoagainstone
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 17, 2011

    I am in my final semester of student teaching.

    Tomorrow is my first day and I'm excited to meet the kids and see the classroom! I am nervous too because I had to miss the first week because I was in the hospital again. I also was supposed to be finished last fall but a lot of bad things happened and between my health...
    AGreeneyedbutterfly80 AGreeneyedbutterfly80
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 9, 2015

    I really thought I would enjoy this more.

    I didn't realize what I missed was the discussions in class. I dont feel like I am doing anything beneficial- 25K for busywork. Ugh. Really having a hard time staying motivated. When am I gonna do any couresework related to my focus?
    BlueEyedFaye BlueEyedFaye
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Sep 16, 2014

    finished our group ppt at midnight.

    tomorrow I have one more paper and one group presentation paper to work on as well as some trivial errands. haha! wonder why I'm not crazy yet.. lol! maybe I am.. who knows.. XD anyway, as they say.. study some more! good thing I'm a full time student now.. haha! makes life...
    krinkle08 krinkle08
    26-30, F
    Sep 10, 2015

    What Can I Say?

    The last six years of my life have been building to this. I' worked overtime to make sure I would get into graduate school. I'm here now working on my PhD and its not how I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong I want a PhD badly but I have next to no support. Far from friends...
    PHustleD PHustleD
    22-25
    3 Responses May 18, 2008

    Grad next week.. So pumped!

    ! 😄😊😍😉
    rochunera rochunera
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 21, 2014

    I Haven't Even Gone to Col...

    i haven't even gone to college yet
    montri montri
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 4, 2007

    I Am An International Grad Student

    I'm worried about getting into grad school ,I'm always working and working and studying my life has been full of obstacles and these obstacles are becoming more and more , I took a TOEFL exam , but It wasn't satisfying , so I'm gonna retake it in 2 months but that is the least...
    Neginemz Neginemz
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 4, 2013

    I just got accepted to grad school

    and now I'm not sure what do to.
    FatAlly FatAlly
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 10, 2014

    i am hoping i will be gone by the end of the

    summer....soooo tired of school
    braveenoughto braveenoughto
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Apr 19, 2014

    Just Starting Out.

    I have been in graduate school for two weeks now. I graduated with my bachelor's degree back in May, at which point I was still living at home with my parents. I moved out of their house and into my new apartment three days before school started. Things have been kinda crazy...
    emilynn21 emilynn21
    18-21, F
    Aug 25, 2012

    and I am extremely disappointed with my

    learning process. Social Work Grad school is one of the least intellectually stimulating careers. I am fed up with the theory-practice divide. I'm surrounded by a bunch of jerks who believe they will save the world, but won't dare opening a book.
    Eenidcoleslaw Eenidcoleslaw
    26-30, F
    Feb 21, 2014

    ...and I hate it. Part of it is my fault: I

    started in summer, with half the time to do all of the work. That was a huge mistake. But, now that I'm in a regular semester, I'm still not enjoying it the way I thought I would. I'm given all the work the undergrads do, plus one giant historiographical paper on up to ten books...
    bellehistoire bellehistoire
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 15, 2014

    Counseling Degree

    I am hoping to begin my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology in the next year.  However it has been difficult to find the time to complete the application essay so I am starting to doubt that I'll find the time for classes and homework! My goal would be to work in the...
    elle2 elle2
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jun 9, 2007

    Study Partner For Probability And Measure

    Hey guys, I am doing this course in my university on probability and measure. We're going to cover the first chapter of Patrick Billingsley's book in the first half of the course. But I find it very hard to work alone, and none of the other students here is serious about it. If...
    roxid1089 roxid1089
    18-21, M
    Jan 12, 2013

    Worried About Getting Into Grad School

    I seem to have a black and white perspective to graduate school admissions where it's an all or nothing based on one aspect of my application. I know the GRE tests writing and someone out there might be analyzing this writing, but I really don't care. I just need to spill out all...
    anonymous190128 anonymous190128
    22-25
    1 Response Jun 13, 2013

    First week of business school finished!

    Going surprisingly better than expected!
    Forevertired23 Forevertired23
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 28, 2015

    ..and I Regret Every Minute of It.

    Graduate school has been my goal for a long time, but so has not graduating college with tremendous student loans. Unfortunately, it's difficult to do both and having to work has really limited by ability to do well at school and, in turn, my enjoyment of it. Added to that...
    witch witch
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 9, 2006

    Well Ain'T This A B$Tch

    Just when I thought I was going to have a life the next few weeks after midterms the professors hit us with a 20 page paper that's due in the next two weeks. We'll I guess the computer is my new friend....
    bellabella411 bellabella411
    31-35, F
    Nov 12, 2013

    One More Year

    One more year and I will have my Masters and I can leave this bullshit job! : )
    Netabell Netabell
    26-30, F
    Aug 22, 2013

    Counseling Degree

    I am hoping to begin my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology in the next year.  However it has been difficult to find the time to complete the application essay so I am starting to doubt that I'll find the time for classes and homework! My goal would be to work in the...
    elle2 elle2
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jun 9, 2007

    Same boat as many others here,

    international grad student, under constant stress, nothing is going as planned. In ten years perhaps I will write a book about "how to lose your 20's and 30's in school"...
    itisme937 itisme937
    26-30, M
    Feb 2, 2014

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    navya3377 navya3377
    22-25
    May 19, 2009

    MBA Student

    I am currently submitting applications for several different MBA programs.
    Believe Believe
    26-30, F
    Nov 27, 2007

    I'm a Graduate...

    I'm a graduate of life's nightmares, i guess that also means i am a graduate of survival skills, gee there is an idea on a new reality show, put a bunch of people who were horribly abused in their childhood, on an island and watch them NOT vote anyone off and watch them ALL...
    AlwaysRemembers AlwaysRemembers
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Jun 6, 2007

    I will only be a graduate student

    for only another two weeks. I am graduating from a great and wonderful American university. I will earn my masters degree in counseling.
    maryannesinclair maryannesinclair
    46-50, F
    May 11, 2014

    I was a graduate student at UCLA

    until a few days ago. I recently received my masters degree in counseling.
    threegirlfriends threegirlfriends
    36-40, F
    1 Response May 20, 2014

    I am working on my Masters in early childhood

    education. I am an online student at Grand Canyon University and I am taking my last course! In the fall I will complete my student teaching and graduate. It has been a long 2 years and I am looking forward to being done. I will have a teaching license in Arizona and Ohio. It...
    Februarychic Februarychic
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 12, 2014

    1st off i miss undergrad already,

    2nd i hate reading.
    krazzykay74 krazzykay74
    22-25, F
    Sep 6, 2014
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