You may have heard this more than once as you prepared for graduate school: "It’s a job!" But it’s not that simple. Graduate school is more than a job. In graduate school you learn to be a professional in your field.
Graduate school is an investment. Not just an investment in your education but in your future career as well. Thinking about graduate school as the beginning of your career will help you prioritize your time and set professional goals as you move towards commencement.
As a graduate student, you have a number of responsibilities. Perhaps you’re teaching this semester, working in a lab, meeting with your advisor, or taking a number of classes, and you have a personal life.
For doctoral candidates and many Master's degree students, one of the final steps after the dissertation or thesis is written includes an oral defense. If you're preparing for a defense, you may be worried.