In the "Welcome" thread, Whatseeds asked a few questions:
What have been the highlights of your graduate education? What advice would you give to somebody just starting out? What was your biggest adjustment, your toughest challenge, or your best decision?
My highlight thus far, I gotta say, is meeting all my degree requirements. My master's program is very short (8 mo.), if you pass everything. It's been a tough year, so I'm glad I made it through.
My advice? You ARE going to feel stupid at some point during the year. Everyone's going to seem smarter than you, quicker than you, more studious than you. Don't forget everyone is feeling the same way! Someone's intimidated by you, someone's looking up to you. Remember that you are bringing your own personal strengths and experiences with you, and THOSE ARE VALUABLE!
My biggest adjustment was also my biggest challenge. The method of teaching here was very different than in my undergrad. Profs didn't lecture and they didn't really TEACH all that much - they were just sort of there to point us in the right direction, and we were expected to be our own teachers. It was a steep curve for me.
My best decision? Sticking it out, even when I was frustrated, discouraged, or depressed. Oh, and coming here in the first place, of course!
Arma virumque cano.