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Did My Tuition Fees Go Up?

  Happy New Year ya’ll! Spring semester is here and as I was going over my course schedule and deciding whether to drop a course, I noticed that my tuition fees had drastically increased. I typically take two courses since this is what my stipend covers but previously I decided to add a third one. After thinking that this may not be a good idea due to my busy schedule I decided to drop the course but not before I realized that my fees had gone up by over $2K! I do remember there being some talk about the increase of fees and there being an open forum regarding this but I was not expecting the increase to be so expensive! Figure 1: This is a thumbnail from my latest YouTube video on “Did My Tuition Fees Increase?” where I am looking at the camera with a confused look. I am wearing a gray and black dress and my hair is short, black, and curly.   In case you did not know tuition fees include things like the gym, health services, the counseling center, and other services on campus that ser

Tips for First Year Doctoral Students

 Figure 1This is a picture of a black doctoral cap 

Well my first year as a doctoral student has come to an end. I turned in my last assignment of the semester earlier this week and man did it feel good! I still plan to take summer courses but I have about a month break until then. This first year has taught me so much about my major of higher education and myself. This past semester I took on History of Higher Education and Introduction to Quantitative Statistics. While the history course wasn’t so bad the stats course was a whole other ball game! Especially for someone who has always struggled with numbers. This course took a lot of getting used to and reminded me of somethings that all first year doctoral students should know.


Figure 2: This is a picture of pink balloon letters that spell the word "friends".

First things first make friends with the people in your program. This may be hard due to COVID and if you are in an online program like myself but don’t let this stop you. Use your discussion boards to introduce yourself to people or send an email to the entire class asking if anyone would be interested in a study group. If it would not have been for a friend in my program to help through my Intro to Stats course, I am not sure if I would have done so well.

 


Figure 3: This is a picture of a $100 dollar bill.

Next, apply for scholarships. I always hear that scholarships for doctoral students are basically nonexistent.  Don’t fall into this trap.  I recently received over $1300 just last week! Now I do agree that scholarships are harder to find for doctoral students but they are out there so don’t give up. I would recommend starting at your universities scholarship website or office for leads.


Figure 4: This is a photo of a planner.

Organize your time. I live by my planner it tells me what, when, and how. I also review my course schedule and course modules on a weekly basis so I don’t miss anything. For us online folks it is imperative that we check these things on a daily basis as things do change. My personal motto with assignments is to be early is to be on time. So, I typically turn in things at least one week early. While I recognize that life happens and we are all busy this may be hard to do, so whenever you can turn in something early DO IT!
Figure 5: This is a purple sign that says, “Keep calm and see your academic advisor"

Just because you’re in a doctoral program does not mean you shouldn’t meet with your advisor. I typically meet with my advisor at least twice a semester. My adviser was actually the person who told me about the scholarship that I recently received. So shouts out to him! Advisers have extremely helpful information that you could miss if you do not engage with them so don’t let that be you.


Lastly, ask questions. There is no question too big or too small. I asked LOT’S of questions this entire year and I did not feel bad for it. I actually got all of the information and more that I needed. So don’t feel like you have to know everything because you won’t and that is okay. Are you a doctoral student? Drop down in the comments and let me know your experience or any helpful advice that you may have. Be sure to check out my latest video on how I tackled this year below. Also, be sure to subscribe to my blog for weekly newsletters from me!

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