Graduate School: The Long and Winding Road to Success

If you’re a current graduate student, you don’t need to be reminded that the journey is a challenging one. Otherwise, why else would we go there?

We hunger to strengthen ourselves intellectually. We’re passionate about doing something truly meaningful. We want to devote our careers to some area of scientific or academic challenge. We long to grow, thrive, and meet others who share our passions.

Graduate School offers a thousand (or more) opportunities to change your life for the better. But just like learning to drive, there are some requirements for you to be aware of when you prepare to set out on your academic journey.

One of the major insights I gained from all of my years of personal experience in graduate school is this: Self-confidence grows one day at a time but often without any direct feedback. Having a mentor or friend or companion makes it so much easier to stay on the path toward completion.


Here is an award-winning online resource that I developed when I was Director of Graduate Student Professional Development for the Division of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I am pleased to know that even a decade later, it is still available. I recommend it for every graduate student.

The Graduate Game Plan

If you find this information beneficial, I encourage you to look for more graduate student success sources in the References section of this site. Then, contact me.

Author: Scott Kerlin

Dr. Scott Kerlin received his Ph.D in Organizational Behavior and Counseling from the University of Oregon in 1992. He also holds Master's degrees in Human Resource Management/Organizational Psychology and Public Personnel Administration. He has extensive academic research leadership and professional development work with graduate students in U.S. and Canadian universities. Details are available at

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