1. Good grades. You are in graduate school. You are not only here to learn the material, but to master and apply it. A’s are expected, B’s are really C’s and C’s are basically F’s. If you focus on learning as much as you possibly can, the grades will take care of themselves. I would hope that if you are in graduate school you will be naturally inquisitive to the point where great grades come naturally.

2. Graduation. Know your degree plan and the rules of your department and school for graduation. Make a plan with your adviser early on, get it approved by your coursework committee, and be sure that someone in your department and school looks it over. The greatest headaches I have seen in graduate school have come for misinformation among graduate students and adviser’s on what is needed to meet graduation requirements. This is your degree, so be pro-active and ensure that you graduate.

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