Graduate School Survival Kit

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Sharing today from the Emerging Scholar's Network: Graduate School Survival Kit

1. Letters to Graduate Students Series

Encouragement to those at the beginning of the graduate school journey, and those who are seeking grace along the way. Check out Monica Greenwood’s Letter to a New Graduate StudentDear (No Longer) New Graduate Student, and Gratefulness and the (No Longer) New Graduate Student.

2. What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate School

Practical tips on surviving the workload, strategizing through challenges, and seeking God in graduate school. One of our most visited series of all time on the blog: What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate School.

3. How to Be a Christian Grad Student Post and David Lewis interview

A short and encouraging piece by Bethany Bowen on being faithful, even when you’re not sure you know how to be a Christian graduate student. This piece responds to a reflection by Vanderbilt professor David Lewis, so we’ve also included a link to a tie in interview he did for ESN: How To Be A Christian Grad StudentInterview with Dr. David Lewis.

4. Navigating The Rapids, by Tamarie Macon

Challenges will come in graduate school. Tamarie Macon encourages academics to persevere in tough moments, drawing on her own graduate experience: Navigating the Rapids.

5. Grading, Conferences, and Submitting Work as Spiritual Disciplines

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the rush of everyday activities in grad school, browse Anna Gissing’s practical thoughts on seeing everyday academic activities as spiritual disciplines: Anna’s series.

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