GPS for Graduate School: Students Share Their Stories

This resource book consists of nine chapters by sixteen graduate student authors and two advisors of graduate students, with corresponding video vignettes which briefly dramatize every chapter’s theme and are accompanied by group discussion questions. The chapter topics include in the hunt for funding, the challenges of the first year of graduate school, finding a thesis advisor, working with thesis committee members, balancing circle of relatives and graduate student life, and life after graduate school. 

Where these subjects have been treated in an academic style repeatedly, this book conveys its message through personal narratives of the challenging circumstances its graduate student authors encountered and solved. It’s going to not give its reader long lists of statistics about graduation rates or most advantageous actions for absolute best outcomes. What it does as a substitute is provide readers with a vivid sense of the kinds of life experiences you could expect to encounter when undertaking a graduate degree and the opportunity to talk about these real-life issues with others.

The book is published on behalf of the Midwest Crossroads chapter of the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).

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