I frequently muse on grad student success, but my perspective as the student is 20 years old now. Better: read itati does the sci and get the first-person perspective of a bright young scholar in real time.
It’s been a full year since the end of my #GradSchoolSearch–Facebook Memories told me so. For the uninitiated, the TL;DR version is that I applied to five graduate programs, interviewed at four of them, and got into three. I ended up picking the Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM) program at Texas A&M University, because reasons. I’ve been in school 1.5 semesters now, and I think its time for an autopsy for the body of thought that went into my choice of grad school. I also think I have some things to say about how grad school labs (in ecology, at least) differ, even if they are in similar programs.
First, I chose TAMU and their ESSM program for a few reasons. The primary reason is that I won two fellowships there, which gave me a very pretty penny of a grad stipend. As a first-gen student, money was…
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