Surviving Grad School: 3 Tips Before You Even Apply

Dr. Tanya Harrison
7 min readAug 1, 2021

Graduate school is hard. Not going to sugar coat that. But it can also be a truly amazing and unique time in your life, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be miserable on top of being difficult. Here are some things you can do and think about before you even start applying to Ph.D. programs* that can help make the experience better—and hopefully something that makes you grow as a person and as a researcher:

And if you’re on the fence about whether getting a Ph.D. is right for you in the first place, check out this other article.

Dr. Tanya Harrison

Professional Martian. Geoscientist. Former operations team member for Opportunity, Curiosity, & the Mars Recon. Orbiter. Views = my own.