Dating other graduate students
No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to avoid this one. It stems from the open-ended nature of the thesis problem. A thesis can always be made better, which gets you into an infinite regress of possible improvements.
Recognize that you cannot produce a “perfect” thesis.
Remember, what sense does it make to start gathering data if you don’t know - and I mean really know - why you’re doing it? You must establish a firm psychological stance early in your graduate career to keep from being buffeted by the many demands that will be made on your time.
All Fellowship students being administered as .5 FTE graduate assistantships are eligible to enroll in this plan. Some of the greatest catastrophes in graduate education could have been avoided by a little intelligent foresight. Assume that your proposed research might not work, and that one of your faculty advisers might become unsupportive - or even hostile. Most probably do, but all are busy, which means in practice they cannot care about you because they don’t have the time. You had better decide early on that you are in charge of your program. Your major professor can advise you and protect you to a certain extent from bureaucratic and financial demons, but he should not tell you what to do. If you do not understand something, don’t feel bad - it’s not your fault, it’s the author’s. If some authority figure tells you that you aren’t accomplishing anything because you aren’t taking courses and you aren’t gathering data, tell him what you’re up to. In fact, some professors care about you and some don’t. Assume that everything you read is bullshit until the author manages to convince you that it isn’t.The only other option available after the open enrollment period ends is to purchase the Domestic plan and pay the full cost of the premium for that plan. Changes to your enrollment can only be made within 30 days of a qualifying event.Qualifying events are: marriage, divorce, birth, death, involuntary loss of insurance coverage.
Students who do not enroll by the deadline will lose their eligibility for the Graduate Student Staff plan.