I am currently a third year Ph.D. student in geology. Lately, I’ve found myself talking with a lot of prospective grad students and friends interested in going back to school. By now, I’ve managed to sort through my thoughts and experiences from the past few years, and have found some things I really wish I had known or thought to do back when I started. So in an effort to reach as many prospective grads as possible, I thought I would take some time to put together something that I hope people find useful. Some of these things may be geology-specific, but I’ve tried to keep it applicable to the sciences in general.
So you’re thinking about grad school?