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Articles by Mary Bates (5)


Mary Bates GS: The top four worst reasons to go to graduate school

April 9, 2010 Comments are Disabled

The commitment that grad school requires, and the disruption to a normal life that it causes, are not to be taken lightly.


Mary Bates GS: Grad school interviewing 101

March 10, 2010 Comments are Disabled

It’s that time of year again: the applications have been reviewed and a lucky few have been invited to attend interview weekends at their prospective grad schools. This is a chance for both the faculty and the potential students to evaluate each other and get a feel for the “fit” between student and program. And while it’s important for you, the student, to learn about the program and professors during your visit, you should not forget that this is an interview, and to treat it as such.


Mary Bates GS: The importance of mentoring

November 13, 2009 Comments are Disabled

One of the most important relationships you will develop in grad school will be with your mentor.


Mary Bates GS: Doing time in graduate school

October 27, 2009 Comments are Disabled

No matter where one is in his or her graduate career, the question, “When do you plan on finishing your degree?” is sure to inspire anxiety.


Mary Bates GS: Should I stay or should I go?

October 13, 2009 Comments are Disabled

For most of your time in graduate school, there is little time for self-reflection. It is easy to get caught up in the details of completing your degree and forget about the big picture — that is, until you schedule that dissertation defense. Suddenly, the end is in sight and you have a decision to make — stay in academia or leave your cozy ivory tower for a non-academic career.