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Open Letter to a New Grad Student

Dear New Grad Student,

Sorry I didn’t catch your name. We met a few months ago at a poster session during an internal symposium. Though my work is significantly outside your field, you showed an unfettered interest in my project. It didn’t surprise me when I asked if you were a grad student and you answered, “Uh… yeah, I guess” and informed me that you had graduated mere weeks prior to our conversation. I couldn’t help but smile as I remembered times when I too was a sponge for knowledge.

Do your best to hold on to that unbridled enthusiasm for as long as you can. Grad school will steal it from you if you let it. But grad school can also feed it.

5 Reasons to Attend Fall Welcome This Year

Every year, the Rackham Graduate School hosts its Fall Welcome. This year, Welcome will take place on Friday, September 1, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Our agenda of events is as follows:

  • 1:00 to 2:00pm: Welcome Program (Rackham Auditorium)
  • 2:00 to 4:00pm: Information Fair (throughout Rackham)

Five Reasons to Register and Attend

Fall Welcome is a great way to start off your graduate career. Here are five great reasons to register and attend:

Furnishing Your Apartment or Room on a Grad Student Budget

This is Part 3 of a series for graduate students who will begin their studies at U-M this fall. See Part 1: Navigating the Ann Arbor Housing Market and Part 2: How I Moved to Ann Arbor.

Amy wrote an excellent post describing her moving process. Now that you've made it to Ann Arbor, it's time to go furniture-shopping!" If you, like me, are on a budget and/or don’t have a car, here are some tips on furnishing your new place.

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