The Graduate School orientation is designed to provide you with an overview of campus and community resources. This general orientation to Graduate School is meant to complement your program's orientation, which takes place the week before you begin. Information about an orientation in your department will be sent by your department's graduate coordinator.
There is no one formula for success in Graduate School. Each student is unique; each program is different. Nevertheless, successful graduates share common attitudes and actions. Beyond obvious advice like managing your time carefully and working hard, outstanding graduate students have three traits in common:
Be confident. Your program has confidence as evident by your admission to the University. Be willing to ask questions and seek help.
Be curious. Don't limit yourself to your required reading or course assignments. Ask your instructors and subject librarians for recommendations on key journals and then read them. Learn more about your field and stay well informed on current events.
Talk with others. Spend time talking with your professors and other students outside of class about topics related to your field of study or interest. You're taking a big first step into your profession.