With the beginning of the school year right around the corner, we wanted to offer you a couple of survival tips:
- Go to your local liquor store and purchase your favorite bottle of wine. Better yet, make that a case. Actually…make that a box of cases. How else are you going to get through all of the papers your professors are expecting you to write?
- Create a watchlist on Netflix for when you’re ready to procrastinate.
- Look up all of your local happy hours. What better way to bond with the folks in your cohort?
- Follow @pettyflowcharts on Instagram...you’ll need to know how to properly use your petty at all times in academic spaces.
- Spend any leftover book money on clothes; looking fly is a must.
- Get your games together for game night; and brush up on your spades - you don’t want to be the wack partner, out here renigging and underbidding.
- Go to your school’s website and be sure your refund (fellowship or otherwise) is going to be direct deposited into your account. It’ll make life soooooo much easier when all of your syllabi start to roll in.
- Contact Sallie Mae, Navient, or whatever she’s going by now a days, and have all of your loans deferred. You shouldn’t be obligated to pay back federal loans while you’re in school.
- Check to see if your school offers health insurance and compare that to the cost of whatever health care you already have.
- If you haven’t already, contact your advisor ASAP; this will be one of your most important relationships in school and you’ll want to get on top of that quickly.
- Review your syllabus before the first day of class. The worst thing would be to stroll in on day one with an incomplete assignment.
- Make an action plan for the semester. Schedule out a calendar of assignments and projects that are due throughout the semester, so you’re on top of them as they come.
- Form a community on and off campus! We cannot say that enough. Find a group on campus that feels like home to you and build relationships with those folks. Find a group that keeps you sane outside of school and keep in contact with them often. Support is one of the most important factors to successfully navigating a graduate program.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help...and ask for it often!
- When you ask for help, be open to the feedback you get. You may not like all of it, but it will all be useful for one reason or another.
- If you struggle with writing, seek out the academic support, tutoring, or writing center on campus quick, fast, and in a hurry. The quicker they know you by face and name, the better.
- And last, a little wine never hurt nobody.
Until next time,
The Blackademics - Tiffany & Autumn
Tiffany is a higher education professional in enrollment management.