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First Year of PhD


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So, what did your first year of PhD look like? If you could share your experience for those of us who are about to start ours very soon, that would be great! 

Is it a lot of coursework? Reading? Extra research? Meetings with supervisor?

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The answers you'll get will vary based on field, but my first year was a mix of coursework, clinical training, and research.  By design, the courses I had first year were the most labor intensive in terms of reading, projects, and exams so most of my time was spent here.  My clinical training was mostly developing basic skills and group supervision.  For research I worked on group projects with my lab and developed an independent project.  I saw my supervisor weekly at lab meetings and once every few months individually.

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