InquiringMind Posted March 27, 2008 Share Posted March 27, 2008 I have gone on several school visits thus far. During each visit, I come away with the feeling that all of the current grad students are happy with the program they are in and there is a good camaraderie and cooperation amongst themselves. However, when I speak with faculty and grad students who are not associated with this program, I always hear this rumor that there is a cut-throat atmosphere among grad students in certain departments, and the department has a "weeding out" process. I've also hear stories about how some students at a particular school steal research ideas from one another. I assume departments make every effort to prevent prospective students from meeting disgruntled grad students. Are there any telltale signs by which to determine what the "real" atmosphere is among grad students? Are there any questions to ask that would elicit an honest response? Should I just go by what those students who I met during my visit say? Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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