Sometimes (okay, let’s be honest), most of the time, graduate school is pretty tough. With hundreds of pages of readings each week, 15-page papers, projects, presentations, and let’s not forget that wonderful thing called a Master’s thesis, it gets kind of overwhelming.

1. “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

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Graduate school is new territory for all of us. Don’t be afraid to get out there and show them what you’re made of.

2. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

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‘Nothing’ is always a pleasant task sitting right in the middle of every grad student’s to-do list.

3. “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’”

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Sometimes the best things in life are simple and delicious – like lunch.

4. “When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”

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We all have to put on our Big Boots sometimes. This terrible time is also known as finals week or (for some of us) the entire second year of our Master’s degree program.

5. “Think, think, think.”

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Maybe if we say it enough, it will actually happen.

6. “I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.”

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Except, then this happens.

7. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

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We rushed through our undergraduate years only to end up right back in a classroom. Savor these moments, because unless your goal is to become a professor, the real world is only a thesis paper away.

8. “Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”

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We’ve all been there. It’s called Friday.

9. “You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.”

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Trying is what really matters in life.

10. “When you do the things that you can do, you will find a way.”

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Don’t forget who you are and what you like to do. If you’re passionate about what you do, your boss (or whoever your supervisor is i.e. a professor, etc.) will notice.