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The Five Major Challenges of Graduate School and How You Can Overcome The Biggest One


Within each of us there is a silence – a silence as vast as the universe. And  when we experience that silence, we remember who we are – Gunilla Norris (Author)

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Why are students frustrated in graduate school?

As a junior in college I had already researched all the graduate programs that I would apply to. I knew which programs were the best in the country, which professors did the most interesting research, which schools offered fellowships, and what the weather was like at each university. In spite of doing so much research on graduate programs, I missed a very important detail: the attrition rate in PhD programs is a staggering 50%! 

Would I have enrolled in a PhD program knowing that only 1 out of 2 students graduate? Of course, the number varies according to the field of study. In sciences and engineering, where many students receive proper funding, the attrition rate is lower than in the humanities and social sciences where students have to find their own funding. In our department most students received proper funding – but still a significant number of students left the program. I did not take note of the attrition until I was more than mid-way through my program – too late to turn back, without feeling like I gave up rather than just changed my mind about my career goals.
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Five Steps to Finish Your Thesis on Time While Enjoying Life

I feel so privileged that I have been invited to Tufts University to present my seminar “Five Steps to Finish Your Thesis on Time While Enjoying Life”.

I know that if you are in graduate school, you want to do high quality research while also having time for your friends, family and yourself. I have worked with hundreds of graduate students over the last five years to help them finish their thesis on time while also having a great quality of life outside of work.  It has been a truly happy-young-graduate-students-group-personal_coachingrewarding experience to teach my students a reliable system to help them get their thesis on track so they can find that ideal balance between academic excellence and personal fulfillment.

I know that students in all stages of graduate school will benefit from this seminar, whether they are in their first year, or they are close to the finish line and are already looking at career options.

My five step system will help you to:

-Get clear on the direction of your research and career,
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-Stay motivated and prevent burnouts.

If you would like to schedule a seminar at your department please contact me at dora@finishyourthesis.com.

I look forward to working with you!



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