5 Lessons from 1st Semester of Grad School

Now that I am done with the first semester of Graduate School, I thought it would be a good idea to go over what I have learned so far. Chances are most of you will relate to most of these things and please do feel free to add more in the comments section.

Graduates1. You are not as smart as you think you are

This is the first thing that you learn in Grad School. We all assume that because we did great in undergraduate studies and did well on our GRE/GMAT to get here, that somehow it automatically means that we will completely rock grad school. Thing is what most of us forget is that, that whole effort was to get us this far, and from here on wards we start on a new journey which requires a whole new level of effort and commitment.

Think of it this way, it is like you get to a new city and you get out of the airport and to continue your journey on wards you need to go catch a train. You will go through cab rides, mass transit or whatever else is available to you to get to the train station. From the train station you will start a whole new journey. Undergraduate is the process of getting to the Train Station; Grad School is the process that eventually takes you to your final destination; two very separate types of journeys with different set of challenges. Continue reading 5 Lessons from 1st Semester of Grad School

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Winter Recipes: Baked Chips

When I am not reading or writing papers, most of my time is spent cooking. For some twisted reason, I have always found cooking to be relaxing and a great way to take my mind off studies. So now that I am off for the Thanksgiving break, I thought about sharing a few simple recipes with you guys so that you can have fun food too. Given that in Grad School there is hardly time to spend preparing intricate dishes, I try and work with recipes which are quick, simple and ensure that I would not have to end up eating junk food. Continue reading Winter Recipes: Baked Chips

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! 😀