1st week of grad school: I survived the door muffler and other stories

“WHAT. IS. THAT.”

The unfamiliar piece of black rubber tacked onto a closed door’s latch was the most tangible of the many obstacles I faced during my first week of graduate school. But it was far from the first.

As I reflect back, here’s what I’m cringing about the most.

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Book recommendation: “Getting What You Came For”

Here’s one of the best gifts I received while planning for graduate school: the paperback “Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D,” by Robert Peters. I recommend this book for anyone making a similar decision. Continue reading Book recommendation: “Getting What You Came For”

10 Ideas for Paying for College as an Adult Returning Student

It’s exciting to enter graduate school and return to college life again. But my first concern upon getting my acceptance letter was: Great, now how will I pay for it?

As an adult returning student, I have more options than I did as a teenager for paying for college — even though I’m leaving my full-time job. Below, I detail five methods I’m focusing on to make my finances work. I’ve followed those up with five more ways to pay for college as an adult returning student.

[August 2015 update: I take stock of how well I’ve been balancing income and expenses. TL;DR: I need to do more work.]

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