No matter what school you attend, there are going to be many opportunities to get involved and build your personal and professional profiles. Conferences, lectures, department gatherings, and social events will call for your attention, and there will be tough choices to make as you fill out your resume and experiences. But what opportunities are worth taking advantage of, and which are best left passed over?
The biggest question to ask yourself is whether or not an activity or opportunity will be valuable for your ultimate goal. Everyone goes to grad school for a different reason. For some it’s to get a Masters as a stepping stone to a Ph.D.; others are at the Ph.D. level, and they want to become professors after graduating; even others just need a graduate level degree to progress in a career they’ve already started. So identifying your long-term education and career goals is a must. Read More