Life after Quals

Moving to a new state, check. Started a graduate program in your field of choice, check. Survived the initial blows of homesickness while remaking your social circle from scratch, check. Worked hard to push through the gauntlet of classes, check. Showed your PI, university, family and friends that you deserve to be where you are and you deserve the degree you WILL get by passing your quals. Now what? Thats where I am now. I don’t know the answer to that but so far my experiences are leading me in what i believe to be the right direction. The answer may seem obvious but its time to focus on two things: making sure research goes well and career development. No matter what phase of school you are in, it is never too early to being thinking about what steps you want to take after.