When a student sent me this article by Professor Stephen C. Stearns, titled “Some Modest Advice for Graduate Students“, she warned me that it might be a bit intimidating for this blog. Indeed, to those of you who are not cynical by nature*, it will probably come across as a bit harsh. But I think you will find some useful nuggets here, as long as you can avoid falling into the ‘grad school sucks and we all die alone’ mentality.
*Personally, I actively resist becoming a cynic. Cynics don’t usually do much to make the world a better place; they just tend to complain and/or disengage when it falls short of their expectations.