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GP-100 THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL 

Course Objectives

Entering graduate school - especially for students who have been away from post-secondary education for a number of years - presents a number of significant, potentially overwhelming challenges. From basic academic skills, such as navigating online journal databases, to constructing a graduate-level research paper, through adopting the standpoint and practices of a truly reflective adult learner and understanding how to balance a myriad of life demands, returning to graduate school is not easy.

"Thriving in Graduate School" intends to introduce Adler applicants to a variety of skills, attitudes, and life-balance considerations that will facilitate their transition to, and success in, graduate studies at Adler and elsewhere. This non-credit course is mandatory for all applicants seeking admission to any Adler graduate degree or postgraduate certificate program. It is optional for any student registered in any Adler program. In either case, GP-100 is free of charge.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Become explicitly aware of their motivations for doing a graduate degree at Adler, what strengths and values they bring to that undertaking, and how to balance the various aspects of their life through the graduate school process;

2. Understand and appreciate the ethos and philosophy of Adler, and be able to decide whether this is the appropriate academic setting for them;

3. Effectively and efficiently manage online and offline research sources available to Adler students and demonstrate the process to construct an academic paper at the graduate level;

4. Develop a reflection paper that situates their life and work experiences in the context of the program to which they are applying, critically reflect on their own motivations for entering graduate school, and express these for consideration by the admitting faculty. There are no prerequisite courses required for GP-100; all participants are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree, and have satisfied other admission requirements for their Adler program. The course is ideal preparation for completion of your admission application dossier, and demonstrating some of the skills necessary to be successful in a graduate program.

Course Overview

WEEK 1:
Course Introduction, Self-knowledge and Self-care

WEEK 2:
Skill-building for the Contemporary Scholar

WEEK 3:
From Practitioner to Transformative Learner

FINAL ASSIGNMENT:
Personal Statement of Intent

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