Posts tagged ‘graduate school’

August 23rd, 2013

Unsolicited Advice to Serious University Students

by Max Andrews

I figured it was about time for me to distribute some unsolicited advice. I haven’t always been successful in my academic career so I may not be an authority here. However, that’s not to say that I haven’t done well either. I wanted to share my scholastic habits with those university students who want to take their education seriously. I cannot offer guarantees but it’s my hope that you do what works for you and practice the habits that will produce a successful academic career.

  1. Education is a joy. The greatest trick the schools have ever pulled on us is to make us think education is purely pragmatic. Education is merely to accomplish an end for financial gain or the requirements to get into a good sports team, etc. Those who have bought into this idea have fallen prey to anti-intellectualism.
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April 20th, 2011

Academic Maturity

by Max Andrews

As I’ve progressed through academia, looking back at my undergraduate years, I wish that I focused more on my studies.  It’s unfortunate it has taken me so long to pick up on this.  My degree is demanding an I’m in the adulthood of academia–the graduate years.  There’s a need for academic maturity and I hope that many of you will apply this at your current stage in academics, even out of school.

Yesterday one of my professors was discussing Christian maturity, which is setting aside current pleasures for the greater goal.  I thought about it and put it in the perspective of school.  Academic maturity is the same, it’s putting aside current pleasures for the greater goal. The greater goals for me is to finish my thesis, publish, graduate, get into a Ph.D. program, get my Ph.D., and have a professorship.  These current pleasures would include:  the social buzz, video games, reading books unrelated to classes, movies, going to the park, disc golf, and similar things.  This academic maturity would be being organized and knowing when assignments are due, beginning assignments with plenty of time to finish, getting your hands dirty in the research, and studying in your extra time.  I look at many scholars today and realize that it takes hard work to get there and everything doesn’t just fall in your lap.  I wish I were more disciplined as an undergraduate freshmen…