What Grad School Is REALLY Like

“Just more undergrad classes?” Yeah, I WISH.

1. So you decided to go to grad school. Congratulations!

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2. Knowledge is pretty freaking cool.

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3. Someday you’ll get a fancy diploma that will help you earn more money, or whatever.

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4. But you know, a lot of people think that grad school is just like a continuation of undergrad. And it’s definitely NOT.

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5. For example, this was your school spirit in college:

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6. School spirit in grad school: Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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7. Social life in college:

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8. Social life in grad school:

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9. Leaving a progress meeting with your advisor in college:

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10. Leaving a progress meeting with your advisor in grad school:

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11. Your apartment in college:

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12. Your apartment in grad school:

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13. Drinking coffee in college:

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14. Coffee in grad school:

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15. Dating in college:

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16. Dating in grad school is more like:

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17. In college, your main job is to consume knowledge.

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18. In grad school, you’re supposed to be the one PRODUCING the knowledge.

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19. Fridays in college: no class.

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20. Fridays in grad school: IT NEVER STOPS.

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21. Your best friend in college:

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22. Your best friend in grad school:

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23. In college, you study really general things.

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24. In grad school, you focus on something so specialized you can discuss it with literally two other people on the planet.

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25. Spring break in college:

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26. Spring break in grad school: field trip to the archives.

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27. And finally, in college you feel pretty confident, because you were at the top of your class:

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28. But guess what? Everyone at grad school was the smartest kid at THEIR college, so now you’re like:

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29. But, college:

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30. Grad school:

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