It should come to no surprise: choosing a PhD supervisor is a HUGE deal. Throughout the course of your doctorate, they will play many roles: a mentor, confidant, cheerleader, and advisor. If you get a good one, they can help teach you new skills, connect you with key figures within their network, and steer you in the right directions when it comes to your future career. A bad one? You might deal with some unrealistic expectations, friction between you and them, and leave you scrambling when it comes to paper edits, funding, or general support... which could lead to a delay in your graduation. YIKES.
Social sciences, arts, and humanities doctoral programs often require applicants to indicate a potential supervisor when applying. When shopping around, what should you be thinking about before making the BIG DECISION? Here are 10 things to consider when picking an advisor.
Graduate school is a significant investment of both your time and money.
Each student differs in their distinct financial circumstances while they are on their academic journey. If you feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to money matters, don't worry... you aren't alone! Managing your finances can be stressful as a graduate student when you are juggling so many responsibilities — including tuition, housing, books, transportation, and basic necessities — and have a limited income (have you seen the stipends?).
It really wasn't until recently that I really got into financial literacy and I am now a personal finance nerd working towards financial freedom without sacrificing the things I love. I love empowering others to discuss and build their own wealth and am passionate about making sure all students (especially BIPOCs and women) are on top of their finances. Here are some lessons I've learned along the way.
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