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How to Be a Graduate Student (Before I Forget): A Collection of Experiential Wisdom

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Student Division Technical Session 2

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Stephen Secules Florida International University Orcid 16x16

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Stephen is an Assistant Professor Engineering and Computing Education at Florida International University. He has a prior academic and professional background in engineering, having worked professionally as an acoustical engineer. He has taught a number of courses on engineering and education, including courses on engineering design, systems in society, and learning theories. Stephen's research interests include equity, culture, and the sociocultural dimensions of engineering education.

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The author of this Tricks of the Trade paper has been collecting reflections related to being a graduate student based on his own prior experiences. The author is now graduated and is in a faculty role. The author hopes to share these lessons and reflections, before he "forgets" how to be a grad student.

The themes of the paper include many intangible aspects of grad student life. It will discuss how to balance the many roles a grad student must undertake and how to recognize and survive forms of academic hazing. The paper will also talk about personal life aspects, such as how to balance academic priorities with life aspects such as long distance relationships, breakups, or loss of a family member.

By writing these reflections down in a formal paper and presenting them in an interactive conference presentation aimed at current and prospective graduate students, the author hopes contribute resources that are useful for both formal and informal graduate student development.

Secules, S. (2020, June), How to Be a Graduate Student (Before I Forget): A Collection of Experiential Wisdom Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34736

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