So it’s been a year since I’ve been at UW for grad school. What’s scary is that I’m getting closer and closer to finishing up my “professional” master’s degree in computational linguistics and I’ll be back in the real world again with a new sense of direction as to what I should be doing. It’s kind of funny because about eight months ago, I would have been surprised to say the words “with a sense of direction as to what I should be doing”… Fall quarter definitely did have a few bumps beforehand, with some miscommunication on my part with my adviser as to what classes I did take and what I should have been taking. But through some conversations, a quick quiz on my knowledge on the material, and a few add codes from some of my instructors, I managed to get into the classes I needed to take for this quarter. Even in this quarter, I’ve definitely learned a lot of things and had a different mindset as to how to approach my academics with my master’s program versus my undergrad degree.
I guess the question here is what do I mean by my approach? What I mean is how I see my classes, my coursework, my instructors, and my peers/classmates, for example. It’s much more different than what I remember doing when I was doing my undergrad classes. You could call them words of wisdom or advice, but they seem pretty crucial (at least in this program, not sure how applicable they would be in say medical school or law school, where it’s a competitive program). Continue reading The Grad School Process (Part II)