Well, congratulations—you’re going to graduate school! So—this is your future self, writing from a decade ahead to let you know that you’ll have a lot of fun. On the other hand . . . it won’t all be easy.
Chandra Crane shares her journey of being family to a graduate student and unpacks ways of engaging in the unique journey of having a loved one in graduate school.
There will be times when your graduate student needs more strength, endurance, time, and patience than what she actually possesses.
The nature of grad school is a weird nexus of too much information (Here are 800,000 pages. Please read them by last week) and not enough information at all (Please figure out all the Things. Please create your own efficient life schedule. Please have a Fortune 500 CEO level of organization, motivation, and enthusiasm. Here is your $5 graduate school stipend).
Congratulations! Your loved one is not the only one starting a new journey. You have also started grad school, and you are now working on your own program of study. You have now begun your “PhT”: your Pushed him/her Through.