4 Pieces of Advice for Every Political Scientist

@StateAs part of the 6th Annual Graduate Conference at my department, we had Dr. Irfan Nooruddin give a key note address. Dr. Irfan Nooruddin is one of the most sought after and respected comparativists in political science academia. So it is little wonder that he is leaving Ohio State this fall to take up the role of endowed chair of Indian Studies at Georgetown in Washington, DC.

His keynote was essentially the most honest summary of what we all attempt to do and what we need to learn to do it better. It made such a profound impact on me that I decided to share his words with all of you. Continue reading 4 Pieces of Advice for Every Political Scientist

6th Annual Graduate Conference – Dept of Political Science – GSU

If you are in Atlanta, do drop by the Graduate Conference at Georgia State University. The annual conference is organized by the Dept of Political Science
If you are in Atlanta, do drop by the Graduate Conference at Georgia State University. The annual conference is organized by the Dept of Political Science

AdnanVenture – Coming Home to ATL

IMG_20140321_163814Ending anything is horrible. Be it donuts, a burger or a trip, the end is always painful. I deal with endings in most awkward ways (Just for reference, I cannot bring myself to say bye to people, I just vanish… I know that is the shit thing to do… am still working on that). It is only recently I have figured out how to manage them properly. So on the last day of my DC Adnanventure, I refused to be awkward about it, instead I gave myself a challenge, to enjoy and not plan a single second till I got home.

So having moved to Extended Stay America for the last day in Virginia, I had to wake up really early to get back to town. Why did I have to wake up early? Because I do not have a car and I rely on public transport. So I wake up and wait for the bus, then wait for another bus and then eventually catch the Metro in to town. This whole effort normally ends up taking about an hour and a half. Normally I am cranky making such an effort but as this was last day in town and given that my bus was at 9 PM, I had nothing better to do or at least that is what I thought. Continue reading AdnanVenture – Coming Home to ATL

Is Grad Life For You?

523014_10150889830082564_1662008603_aThe decision to pursue graduate education is probably one of the most important decisions anyone would take in their life time. Grad School is nothing like Undergrad life. It is not as fun and there is just a lot more at stake.

Unfortunately in most countries, most developing countries to be specific, pursuing Grad education is something that needs to be done and is not really a choice. In such a case most of the people who start grad school continue their undergrad mind set which is focused on getting grades and passing courses. The problem is that is exactly what Graduate School is not. It is not about the grades, it is not about having a high GPA and it is not even about attendances. Grad School is about what you want to learn and how you plan to use that learning to improve yourself as a person, as a job candidate and as a member of the society. Continue reading Is Grad Life For You?

Welcome to Atlanta!

Image3 months ago I started off an adventure or as I like to call it, a Gradventure. I left everything behind to move to a new city in a different country on a different continent to pursue my PhD in Political Science.

Atlanta is home now for me and slowly I am learning to love home. But with any adventure, the start was rocky and it took a while before everything settled down. While I was going through the initially rocky start, I promised myself that I would start a blog that would help fellow international graduate students as well as guide those who are interested in starting their very own gradventure 🙂

Welcome to Atlanta… Welcome to Georgia State University … Welcome to my Gradventure! 😀