Before you get all starry-eyed about a PhD... this. I like this essay because it is balanced; it isn't filled with horror stories about PhD's gone bad and neither is it all fluffy and rosy. The more time I spend in grad school, the more I begin to really understand what he is talking about; I suppose that is why it is one of the PhD guides out there. There are others like it, but this is one of my personal favourites: recommended reading, especially if you are seriously considering a PhD. (Don't miss the Feynman Problem Solving Algorithm, it's hilarious!)

Matt Might's advice for graduate students

Prof. Matthew Might at the University of Utah has written a number of articles intended for PhD students. Some of these are really insightful. One that got a lot of attention was The Illustrated guide to a PhD. Those worth reading for prospective and beginning PhD students talk about how PhD students might fail and 3 qualities of successful PhD students. This might be more useful to those who are a couple of years into their programme, while this list of recommended books and papers should be useful to everyone.

Mandatory link to Piled Higher and Deeper

This is a clinically tested and proven productivity-killer. You have been warned!


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