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And We're Back: A Semester in Review (With Some General Tips and Tricks for Surviving Grad School)

Thanks for waiting for this long overdue blog post, everyone. I can confirm, just as our 2nd year students promised me, that the end-of-semester-rush as an MPH student at the Brown School is both a very real and a very unique phenomenon chock-full of crazy/hectic/chaotic experiences that are simultaneously rewarding/vital/hilarious. I mean, a couple of days after I turned in my last final, I looked back on all the content I had learned and work I had done in just one semester and I had to laugh because on paper it looked ridiculously daunting. From writing and presenting a 100+ page research project on pre-diabetes awareness on the WashU campus, to condensing a semester’s worth of statistical knowledge on the topic of chronic disease prevalence as a predictor for pediatric TB globally into a five minute IGNITE presentation, to helping my research center submit our 1000-page NIH grant renewal application, never in a million years would I have thought I was capable of doing and learning so much so quickly. But faculty, staff, and my Brown School peers kept me (relatively) sane and constantly encouraged me to keep going; however, the semester wasn’t without its bumps and bruises along the way. So with another semester under my belt, being half-a-year older and half-a-year wiser (as well as being a benevolent person who wants to make your life easier), here are 5 tips that I wish I had known before starting at the Brown School. […]

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