Can you imagine when your Graduate Adviser says “You are going to be dismissed from the Graduate School, get ready to pack your bags and go back to India”.
Higher Education like like this beautiful, lush looking golf course when you watch the game on the TV. But, in reality, there’s patches of rough spot all over the fields.
Getting a college degree (Bachelor’s, Matser’s or Doctorate) in a foreign country is not easy as it sounds. You will understand the challenges students have to overcome to get that degree and life experience when you listen to this show.
I got the following email from a reader.
I need your help on something, regarding graduate school here in the U.S.A. I understand, this is weird, coming from someone who you don’t know, but I do read your blogs, and was planning to write about my experience sometime. I don’t know if this email will reach you. I hope it does. I am worried about my academic performance and possible dismissal, which had never happened in my life now it is at the 2nd year of graduate school. Please reply, so that I am reassured that you can listen to me and advise. I would be very grateful for this.
After I read this email, I knew something was wrong and this person needs help. She needs help RIGHT Now. Not tomorrow, not a week later.
I asked her to reply with details about the situation and she did.
After reading her email, I asked her, if she likes to come on the podcast show, explain her situation and in turn, I would help her with my recommendations.
She agreed and we recorded the phone conversation for this episode. Her name or university is not mentioned and you can understand why when you listen to the show.
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Here’s Options I Recommended for Her
Option 1: PhD to Masters in Same Department
- Convert from PhD Degree to Maters Degree.
- Use the courses completed so far (in PhD) in last two years for Masters Degree Degree plan.
- If possible, take Courses Only Degree plan instead of Thesis or Project based.
Option 2: Apply to New Program in Current University
- Apply for related Masters Degree in the same university
- Find similar, related degree program
- Meet with academic adviser.
- Talk about admission
Option 3: Apply for New Masters Degree in Different University
- Find different Masters Degree in Different University
- Apply with your Bachelors, Masters Transcripts
- Include a strong Admission Essay to why you are applying for transfer
- Get Recommendation from current advisor
- They will ask for PhD Transcripts as well.
Option 4: Apply for New PhD Degree in Different University
- Apply for a PhD Program in different university
- Same steps as Option 3
Comments and Suggestions
Do you have any suggestions for this Graduate Student?
I would appreciate if you share a few words of encouragement to keep her going.