Anonymous asked: Alright, so I've heard "stories," I guess, that Grad school is extremely different than undergrad, often described as "hell" and often a lot more difficult, etc. I was wondering what your experience has been, and suggestions you might have for undergrads going onto graduate studies/ hoping to continue on to graduate studies?
Alright, well you haven’t heard entirely wrong. It is more difficult in terms of work load and independent time management, but by no means is it “hell.” Even though it’s been very stressful, and a huge adjustment moving abroad, I honestly wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. My advice to undergrads hoping to continue into grad school would be to see it their undergrad school offers grad courses to undergrads. It’s good experience with workload, even if you’re just auditing. I would also say,don’t just do grad school because it’s the next step in life, make sure it’s what you want. If you don’t really want it you will find it much more difficult to get any of the work done. It takes a long time (more so in the US than in the UK) and requires funding (which I’m working on right now, and pretty much always). Overall my advice would be to make sure it’s what you really want out of life, prepare for the workload in undergrad, and learn some serious skills to cope with stress. Other than that, it’s amazing and I think that anyone truly passionate about what their studying will do just fine.