Having only recently completed graduate school, I am not claiming to be an expert on getting through what I consider to one of the most challenging times of my life.
However, oddly enough, my experience as a first-time teaching assistant fresh out of my undergraduate work at UCLA, has compelled me to include a section on graduate school on my website. Early on in my teaching, I found my own experiences as an undergraduate to be invaluable to how I approached teaching. My experiences as an undergraduate are directly responsible for the development of my pedagogy. Unfortunately, as more time passes, I find myself unable to emphasize with the undergraduate experience.
Thus, this section will record my own thoughts, strategies, and advice about graduate school in political science. In the next year, I hope to cover topics of interest to those who plan to apply, those who are about to embark, and those who are currently in graduate school.
Are there tips for fighting the Impostor Syndrome? – The Impostor Syndrome is a psychological phenomenon where people are unable to internalize their accomplishments (a common problem in grad school). This article speaks to seven established academics and their fears of being discovered as a “fraud”.
Dear Sir – An anonymous article by a female political science professor about the pervasiveness of sexism in academia and how to deal with it.
How to Publish an Article in an Academic Journal – A post written by Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza with some helpful tips about publications.
Grad Traps! – A post written by Daniel Silvermint that offers 25 bulletpoints for first-year graduate students to avoid in adjusting to the rigors of graduate school.
From My Own Experience
I Threw Up at My First Academic Conference – The first time I attended an academic conference was not pretty. However, we live and we learn.
Ten Things I Learned in Grad School – After graduating with my PhD, I compiled a short list of things for freshly enrolled graduate students to consider.