8 life skills that I learned from Grad school

Have I have spent a large chunk of my life in grad school — getting my masters and Ph.D. I would be lying if I said that I don’t regret it sometimes. Maybe taking a job right after my Masters would have helped me buy a house, or spend more time traveling.

However, looking back objectively, I feel like grad school helped me learn valuable life skills that I probably would have had a hard time learning any other way:

Here are some life skills I learned in grad school — in no particular order

  1. Hobby: It is important to have a hobby (or several) that help you disengage from work. It recharges you and helps you think creatively.
  2. Patience: It is a virtue that doesnt come easy, but after a Ph.D. you have a lot of practice to be patient — an awesome quality to have in life!
  3. Family and Friends: Surround yourself with people who you love to hang out with, and who love you and root for you — always!
  4. Take Risks: If you don’t take a chance on something, then you will never know if it will work out! Fairy tales do exist!
  5. Trust yourself: your gut is right more often than not
  6. Have faith in the universe: if you put good energies out here for specific things, you will unconsciously do everything to achieve your goals
  7. Dealing with Rock Bottom: If things can’t get any worse, then it is very likely for them to get better soon. Just hang in there.
  8. Motive yourself: Always have a playlist of motivating songs, and a list of other activities (scuba diving anyone?) that motivate and drive you

I would love to hear about things that you have learned! Please feel free to share some of your thoughts in the comments below.


Originally published at rutumulkar.com on June 29, 2015.

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