Posted by: Josef Korbel School, Office of Graduate Admissions | August 26, 2010

Grad School: Week 2

Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out my blog. This is my first post…exciting stuff! To find out more about me, check out the “So who’s writing this thing?” section. I’m just going to jump right in and let you know what’s been happening the last couple weeks.

We’re in the middle of our second week of classes, and so far, so good. This quarter I’m taking International Terrorism, Field Ops for Humanitarian Assistance, Comparative Politics in the 21st Century, and International Organizations. Grad school isn’t as scary as I was expecting, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s easy.  I work 20 hours a week in addition to my classes, so time management is key. I think I’ve pretty much gotten my routine down, but once it comes time to start writing my papers that may go right out the window. We shall see. I’ve met a lot of really cool people here and we hang out after class a couple times a week. It certainly helps to have some time to relax and turn your brain off.

One big difference between my undergrad classes and grad school is the amount of discussion in each class. A couple of my professors have said that they don’t like to stand there and lecture at us; they really want us to learn from class discussions and our fellow students’ experiences and knowledge. Participation is important, and definitely something I need to work on. Right now I’m still feeling a wee bit intimidated by the second year students in my classes who seem to extremely knowledgeable and experienced. But I’m confident that I’ll get over that soon. 🙂 Fortunately the second year students and staff at Korbel are very understanding and willing to answer any and all questions that we newbie first years have.

Alright, that’s about it for now… I’ll be sure to keep you posted as I journey from grad school rookie to veteran here at Korbel.


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