A Bit of Advice… in GIF form

By Mona Malacane

Whether it’s your first semester of graduate school or just your first year here at IU, a little advice from those who have tried and failed before you never hurts. So here are a few nuggets from some current grad students that may save you time/trouble/embarrassment down the road. Enjoy!

 

 “Find a productive workspace as soon as possible. You won’t have an office, so make your own.”

shout out to my couch

Or recliner… whatever suits your fancy.

 

 “Be sure to know the author of everything you read. Also know what they are doing.”

spell gabbana

But if you don’t know… try and wing it with some vague terms.

 

“Enjoy every sandwich (because that’s all you can afford).”

sandwich

All that’s missing in this GIF is peanut butter to make it pretty much 100% accurate.

 

“The bathrooms on the first floor are the opposite genders than the other two floors.”

wrong door

Always make sure you check it’s the right door…

 

“Get involved in research sooner rather than later.”

But not TOO much...

But not TOO much…

“Don’t try to take a ‘shortcut’ through the IMU. You will get lost and end up in a no-access part of the basement where a janitor will have to help you back to the main floor and you will be 20 minutes late to your meeting.”

I'm pretty sure the concept of Hogwarts was based on the IMU.

I’m pretty sure that Hogwarts was conceptually based on the IMU.

 

“Work hard. Play harder… sometimes.”

Especially when conference deadlines are killing you.

Especially when conference deadlines are killing you.

(And finally, and I consider it to be most important because what is grad school if not training in time management?)

“Hit your deadlines – even the small ones.”

Because then you will feel awesome about yourself and people will respect you.

Because then you will feel awesome about yourself and people will respect you.

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