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The blog is a collection of ideas, perspectives, and stories curated in partnership with graduate students, creating a space to connect, inspire, and illuminate the experiences of graduate life.

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Introducing #MyRackhamSummer

Some examples of Rackham students abroad and in Ann Arbor during the summer.

Rackham graduate students traveling, researching, and playing with family during the summer.

“Summer” might have a very different meaning for each grad student.

Are you working in the lab? Researching/traveling abroad? Enjoying the few months of beautiful Ann Arbor weather? Hanging out with your dog? All of the above?

Let us know what you are up to this summer by using the hashtag #MyRackhamSummer on:

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Reflection on Commencement

Throughout graduate school, I consistently heard from recent graduates that turning in the final copy of your dissertation—one of the most significant educational milestones—is one of the most anti-climactic. I always thought, “No, that’s not how it will be for me! How is that even possible?” And then I found myself in the basement of Rackham. I was turning in my dissertation and, much to my surprise, was underwhelmed with emotion. It felt comparable to turning in a small homework assignment and receiving a piece of paper with a “gold star” in return.

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