Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.
Is graduate school right for you?
Should you get a master’s or a Ph.D.?
How can you choose the best possible school?
This classic guide helps students answer these vital questions and much more. It will also help graduate students finish in less time, for less money, and with less trouble.
Based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors, Getting What You Came For is packed with real-life experiences. It has all the advice a student will need not only to survive but to thrive in graduate school, including: instructions on applying to school and for financial aid; how to excel on qualifying exams; how to manage academic politics—including hostile professors; and how to write and defend a top-notch thesis. Most important, it shows you how to land a job when you graduate.
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Review: Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an MA or a Ph.D.User Review - Barrett Ames - Goodreads
Informative, albiet a bit outdated. I don't know anyone who doesn't know how to use a word processor. However, much of the advice is timeless. Read full review
Review: Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an MA or a Ph.D.User Review - Goodreads
This books was so helpful in calming a "I know nothing practical about starting grad school" freak out. There were parts that were delightfully outdated (see the Appendix A's tips for buying a computer) but all in all, this book helped me feel more prepared. Read full review