為什麼我享受研究生生活?
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December 10, 2010 by HelloUS.com
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為什麼我享受研究生生活?

很多人都會問我:「每次聽到你提到研究生生活,語調聽起來都很悲慘;感覺妳不喜歡,對吧?」我的回答都會是:「NO」事實上,我一直很享受研究所的時光。這樣的感覺很難用言語形容。如果我說:「我常要寫三頁到三十頁的報告,或一週內讀兩本書。」大部分的人都認為我瘋了;更不要提,我還只是一個22歲的青少年。這年紀的人,應該都在玩Xbox、去體育館打球、周末都泡在派對裡。絕對不是和同學討論1989年代的明治憲法。

讓我享受的關鍵是?
我喜歡和教授的互動。研究所裡,教授把學生視為一起工作的同事,而不是上司。有時候,反而還希望老師可以出現在課堂中;不同於大學生,老師一到就是睡覺時間;大家是自發性學習,老師課堂傳授的知識和經驗,會讓學生有更深的體會。

在研究所裡,你不只學習「事實」而已;你會學到很多新方法去詮釋不同的資料。

這句話,詮釋了我想要分享的第二優點:隨處皆有的扎實學習。我是個歷史狂熱迷,整個大學生涯我都不覺得我學到新東西。大部分的課程就簡單改寫已經學過無數多次的資訊;但是,在研究所裡,學用新的方法去詮釋已經很熟悉的教材。因此,研究所生活對我來說,不僅大開眼界,還對自己的領域有更深層的了解。我不只學到更多,也在過程中知道更多以前沒有看到的想法。

研究所讓我又愛又恨部份就是閱讀了。在真正讀書的時候,是沒有那麼有趣;書中的知識和見解卻讓我覺得相當值得。

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其他我喜歡研究所的還有

  • 演講席都是態度成熟的觀眾和對科目認真的學生
  • 小班級的教學
  • 晚上也有排課
  • 注重討論,而不是只有聽課
  • 沒有需要選擇的。課程都是你喜歡的。
  • 三堂課已經是全職學生了
  • 可以對只有學士學位的同學吹噓


有時,我還是會報怨做不完的事情;但是,對我而言,研究生生活卻是我最享受和值得的經驗。如果你是個認真的學生,又想要繼續對於學習的熱情,研究所會是一個適合你的地方。

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Why I like, yes, actually like grad school?

People have said to me, "You always sound so negative when you talk about graduate school. It sounds like you hate it. Do you?" The answer is a simple, "No." I actually really enjoy graduate school, but it is sometimes difficult to express why and what I like about it. Clearly if I were to say, "I had to write three, thirty-page papers and read nearly two books a week, HURRAY," you would all think I was crazy. Not to mention I'm only a 22-year-old male. Being 22 should be about playing Xbox, going to the gym, and then partying all weekend, not discussing the Meiji Constitution of 1889.

So what do I like about graduate school?
Well first I like the interaction with the professors. In grad school the professors treat you as a colleague and not as your superior. In some twisted way, you actually look forward to the professors showing up to class. It's not like as an undergrad where the arrival of the professor meant the arrival of nap time. In graduate school, because you actually want to learn, the professor represents a wealth of knowledge and experiences that will only add to your understanding.

"In graduate school you don't just learn 'facts,' you learn new approaches to interpret the material that you have learned countless times before."

This brings me to the second thing I like about grad school: the intensity of learning the subject at hand. I'm a history nerd and throughout my undergraduate career I never felt that I was really learning anything new. Most of my classes just rehashed the information that I had already learned countless times before. But in graduate school you don't just learn "facts," you learn new approaches to interpret the material that you have learned countless times before. For me, graduate school has really been an eye opening experience and allowed me to get a better understanding of my field. Not only am I learning more, but I'm discovering things throughout history that I've never noticed were there.

Another thing that I love to hate about graduate school is all the reading. While the actual time spent reading is not enjoyable, the content and knowledge that I get from the books makes it all worth it.

Here are other things that I like about grad school:

  • It's a mature audience with students serious about the subject matter.
  • Small class sizes (10 to 14 students).
  • Night classes.
  • Emphasis on discussion, not note taking.
  • No electives. You only take the courses you want.
  • 3 classes are considered "full time."
  • You get to brag to your friends that they only have a bachelor's degree (losers).


Although I may complain about all the work, graduate school has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences in my life. If you are a serious student and want to extend your "educational endeavor" than grad school is for you!

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