Hello, and welcome to my blog!

DearGraduateStudent is part advice and part comic relief based on my own experience. What better time to start a blog than when you should be writing your dissertation right? I’m a woman in STEM research pursuing a PhD in the United States and have been in academia, either as a student or research employee, for nearly 15 years now having worked with numerous faculty, staff, and students at four different Research 1 (R1) universities. Over time, I realized I was answering the same questions over and over, discussing shared experiences, and commiserating over the same woes with fellow students and there didn’t seem to be any good resources out there for these questions besides other students. In the vast sea of technical info about graduate school, this blog is meant to be a space to talk casually about your questions as if we’re just having coffee. If you’re facing challenges in your graduate program, or challenges getting into a graduate program, know that you are NOT alone. DearGraduateStudent was created as a way to learn from each other on a broader scale, demystify graduate school, and maybe even bring you a little comfort.

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