Over to Horace's to check out the AMAZING compendium of links related to grad school.
And let me take a moment to apologize for how much crap I've written on this topic! As I scrolled through the various posts he organized, I realized that I've written SO MUCH about this stuff, and so I'm not sending you over there to read my many diatribes but rather to read all of the wonderful stuff that others have contributed. Apparently writing about grad school is one of my go-to things - which is odd as I don't even teach graduate students! Perhaps my grad school experience was more fucked up than that of most people? Perhaps you should all take my musings with a big fat grain of salt? At this moment, I think I'd recommend that you did :)
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