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Grad School 'Is a Monastic Experience'

Continuing with the "what not to do" theme from yesterday, Matthew Might — creator of the "Illustrated Guide to a PhD" — suggests the top 10 reasons grad students don't obtain their PhD at his blog. Might warns PhD candidates against seeking to achieve perfection, aiming too high or too low, procrastinating, trying to "learn too much," and treating grad school like school or work — it's neither, he says — among other things. Grad school, Might says, "is a monastic experience," adding that it "even comes with built-in vows of poverty and obedience. ... The end brings an ecclesiastical robe and a clerical hood."