Entering into any grad program or Ph.D. program puts you in much closer contact and interaction with your peers and, more importantly your professors.
Here are some things to consider when interacting with your professors to make the most of your academic career at UCI:
1. Your professors have important connections, networks, and resources at their fingertips to help you negotiate your program. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and remember–they have many years of experience!!
2. Create an academic environment that will foster dialogue with your professors! If you’re having trouble figuring out what to talk about with your professors, research their interests, and get to know their classroom/communication styles. This allows you to find some common ground to initiate an informed discussion with them.
3. A good relationship with your professor can help boost your own self-esteem. Having a good rapport with your professor allows for open and honest conversation. Your professors are there to train and prepare you. But they are also there to encourage and push you. A good relationship with them will help you feel more confident and empowered to interact with them, and use their advice in the workforce.
4. Don’t forget to keep in touch with your professors, even after you’ve ended a class with them. Networking is an important part of any professional relationship. Your professors will always be a useful resource of guidance and experience. Just like any relationship, your academic relationship also requires fostering and nurturing. While they are your professors, they will also become your greatest allies entering into the working world. Keeping long-term contact with them will help you move forward a lot faster once you leave academia.
What about your peers? At the graduate and Ph.D. level, your peers are equally as important to making your educational experience a rewarding one.
1. Your peers are part of maintaining a healthy and balanced social life while pursuing your degree.
2. Each of your peers enters academia with differing experiences, backgrounds, and expertise. Keep yourself open to learning from one another, and be respectful of their areas of expertise. They may be able to teach you some tips and tricks of their own on how to handle and survive academia at the secondary level.
3. You’re here for academic study, but don’t forget that you are a part of Verano here with a community! Your peers are here to support you in your endeavors. Learn from each other, and push each other towards academic excellence.
For more tips on how to to navigate grad school as a Masters or Ph.D. student, check out http://phdstudent.com.