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My first two years in graduate school were awful. The courses were very difficult, poorly presented, and the professors were often too busy to really help at all. I didnít get to do any research at all because I was too busy taking the required advanced courses.

Many times I wondered if I had really made the right choice, especially as I began to hear stories from the senior grad students about the dismal job prospects. I also heard stories about professors losing their grant money and having to dismiss their grad students and post-docs because they could no longer support them. Luckily, this college has lots of undergraduate courses that they need Teaching Assistants for, so I can at least support myself. I got mostly Bs and As in my required courses.

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