Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. Paperback – Apr 11 1997
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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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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 Highly recommended (despite a need for the author to come out with a new edition to replace outdated information on computers, computer softwares, and personal information managers).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.
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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Like many of the other reviewers have already said, Getting What You Came For is an invaluable tool for grad students. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by J. Joseph
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004
I'd better not. Reviewing Steve Griffin's law book without reading it years ago was probably bad enough ...
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 morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Noor Ali-hasan
A humorous little book about completing grad studies. This book is the indisputable authority on this subject. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by Michael Wood
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 morePublished on Oct. 13 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Amazon Customer