Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Q&A Wednesday: Keeping Track of Deadlines

Will my advisor help me keep on track with all requirements, deadlines, etc. without me having to ask?

Unfortunately, your advisor will not be the main person keeping you on track with graduate requirements. You are responsible for meeting deadlines, setting up necessary appointments with your advisor, and completing applications and paperwork. At the graduate school orientation on September 19, 2006, the advisors handed out a document that described the deadlines for requirements during your graduate studies. Think of it as a two-year syllabus, and keep that schedule handy because those deadlines will creep up on you!

That is not to say that your advisor will not help or remind you, but he/she will not be able to remind you of all upcoming deadlines. An easy solution is to use organizers or calendars. A great method is to enter deadlines into MS Outlook Calendar with reminders that give you enough time to meet the deadlines (e.g., two weeks). Another great resource is your classmates! You all have the same deadlines so keeping each other accountable is another great way to ensure all requirements are met.

One thing that your advisors will remind you is to keep all your paperwork (and/or copies) in case any questions arise!

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