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Getting What You Came For [Paperback]

Robert Peters
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April 1 1997
Is graduate school right for you?
Should you get a master’s or a Ph.D.?
How can you choose the best possible school?

This classic guide helps students answer these vital questions and much more. It will also help graduate students finish in less time, for less money, and with less trouble.

Based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors, Getting What You Came For is packed with real-life experiences. It has all the advice a student will need not only to survive but to thrive in graduate school, including: instructions on applying to school and for financial aid; how to excel on qualifying exams; how to manage academic politics—including hostile professors; and how to write and defend a top-notch thesis. Most important, it shows you how to land a job when you graduate.

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“This is an excellent book. I don’t know how Robert Peters was able to assemble all this highly relevant and valuable information after only one pass through the system known as graduate school, but he has produced a definitive piece of work.” – Dr. Gene Woodruff, Dean of the Graduate School, University of Washington, Seattle, President of the Association of Graduate Schools, Chairman of the GRE Board

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Reference, but... April 1 2004
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As some reviewers have already noted, this book is an invaluable reference for those seriously considering the possibility of going for a graduate or doctorate degree, or for those already enrolled in a program. With that being said, this edition was revised in 1997, making it notably out of date in terms of Internet resources. It is still an excellent reference - having read it, I'm sure it will be my constant companion while going through what might otherwise be the rather nerve-wracking application process. Dr. Peters, we need a new edition! I, for one, will be one of the first in line to buy the next revision.
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Like many of the other reviewers have already said, Getting What You Came For is an invaluable tool for grad students. As informative as it was, though, it was just like all of the other stuff you end up reading in grad school, pretty stiff and boring--not that there's anything wrong with that...I bought this book along with another grad school guide called Playing the Game: The Streetsmart Guide to Graduate School. Both books contain excellent information, but Playing the Game was really funny and easy to read, too. Between the experiences related within these books, you won't likely be blindsided by any of the typical garbage that slows people down and makes them miserable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A graduate Student Must Have April 16 2004
This book is as relevant and packed full of great information and advice when I first started graduate school as it is now three years later and I'm ready to defend my thesis. I know I will pick it up quite a few more times between now and the time they crown me my doctoral degree. I'm impressed by the fact that Peters and I come from different academic backgrounds (him from biology, and me from psychology), but his book is nevertheless very relevant to my experiences. I imagine it does for students from many other fields as well.
One other "succeeding in graduate school" book I own is filled with citations to research that support the book's suggestions. There are charts and graphs, but unfortunately, one cannot survive and thrive in graduate school using only your head. Peters' book not only makes you ponder hard the reasons and ways to be successful in graduate school, it does so with a heart. The advice and information are real because there are real people behind them. Thousands have come before you, and you can be one of them too....or not. The book doesn't glorify nor idealize graduate school. It gives you an inside look at how it has worked and not worked for others. You decide what to do with this information.
Much of graduate school can be very political. Academia is occupied by smart and often very weird people, socially and otherwise. The book doesn't gloss over any of this. It guides you through people politics and the importance of self-care. It celebrates how the graduate school experience can be so right, but sometimes, unfortunately but realistically, can also go so wrong. Peters' book is a great companion through all of this. Highly recommended (despite a need for the author to come out with a new edition to replace outdated information on computers, computer softwares, and personal information managers). Probably most relevant to graduate students interested in academia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Indispensable Reference Feb. 18 2004
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I thought I knew what I was getting into when I applied to graduate school the first time. I knew several professors in my field, had earned excellent grades and several top honors, but I didn't know a book like this existed. When I didn't get into any programs the first time around I had time to reassess my true interests (and actually switched fields of study). I also bought this book. It contained much of the advice I had gotten from various professors, but in a lot more depth and clarity, plus more. I read through it eagerly when I was re-starting the application process, and just recently when I was accepted. I'm sure I'll read it again come thesis time. This is an indispensable reference. I wish I had bought it years ago, but I'm glad to have it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary guide Feb. 10 2004
Are you planning to go to graduate school? If you are, this is a necessary guide which gives you all the basics--from applying to graduation and beyond. One of the most important points is that you have to prepare for graduate school early. Don't wait until after you're accepted to choose your advisor. You shouldn't even apply until after you select your advisor. This point of advice saves a lot of heartache later on, because having a good relationship with your advisor is one of the single most important things in graduate school. If you have a suitable advisor, graduate school will go more smoothly.
Another thing I like is that it doesn't try to sugarcoat the graduate school experience. It tells you exactly that graduate school is a rough experience and that out of all the people who enter graduate programs, only 8% go on to academic work. If you can't face these facts, then you probably aren't driven enough to succeed in a graduate program. If you're still burning for higher education and are willing to face the difficulties involved, you're ready for graduate school. Basically you should go in with both eyes open. I recommend picking up this guide to help you through your postgraduate life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some of my best friends have higher learning Dec 28 2003
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I'd better not. Reviewing Steve Griffin's law book without reading it years ago was probably bad enough ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Book You'll Need for Grad School
This is an excellent overview of the entire graduate school experience. The book examines a variety of topics including reasons for pursuing graduate school, things you can do as... Read more
Published on Dec 14 2003 by Noor Ali-hasan
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous
A humorous little book about completing grad studies. This book is the indisputable authority on this subject. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by Michael Wood
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not the graduate school bible many claim it to be
After finishing my masters degree I decided to take this year off in order to refresh, get a little work experience, and pull together the strongest doctoral applications possible. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars more than excellent
I can't praise this book enough, even if you decide against going for your masters' or PHd, this is an excellent book for any college teachers career. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by "besma"
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew
I had talked to all sorts of people about graduate school, including many profs and PhDs, so I thought I knew what I was getting into. Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by Ericka Menchen Trevino
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Practical Guide for Prospective Grad Students
Peters has put together a wonderfully broad yet concise volume that addresses every area in the graduate school process. The book is exceptionally well organized and digestible. Read more
Published on May 20 2003 by Robyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book even you aren't thinking of grad school
Thanks Robert for writing this book that dramatically changes my life -
Before read this book, graduate life is very vague to me and I do not really know what I want from... Read more
Published on April 23 2003 by Y. Cheng
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