ERIC Number: ED354850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-18
Reference Count: N/A
Personal Observation on the Graduate School Experience.
Miller, Michael T.; Husmann, Dann E.
Few descriptions of the graduate school experience are taken from the viewpint of the graduate student. The comments and real life experiences presented in this paper are not intended to dissuade potential students but to promote a serious discussion about the role and expectation of the graduate student. The paper opens by sharing thoughts on what two academicians who have been through the system expected of graduate school. One of the two returned to school after 5 years of teaching high school expecting to gain a degree and start a new career. The other returned expecting to be treated like an adult student responsible for his own learning but guided by teachers and looking forward to an experience of intellectual community. The middle section of the paper describes what the two students actually found. The positive aspects were friendships with other students and the chance to focus on learning. A negative aspect of the experience was the realization that graduate students are expected to enter into an "indentured-servant" contract with an advisor. A final section offers recommendations for students and teachers. It is suggested that students select a dissertation topic early and stick with it, that they select each course with an eye to its contribution to the thesis subject, that they network early in their career, and that they publish if at all possible. The advice for faculty offered in this paper emphasizes how central a good advisor is to the graduate experience. (Contains 6 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska