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Meet Shruti Kate, a Graduate College Fellow and doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program. Read on to learn more about Shruti's favorite places in Kent, what they enjoy doing in free time and what advice they have for incoming graduate students.

Where is your hometown?

I am from Pune, India.

Why did you choose Kent State University?

Kent State University has a stellar academic reputation. The university has a wide selection of programs and majors that are ideal for my educational and professional ambitions. The faculty members are world-renowned specialists in their professions, and their commitment to teaching and mentoring students is extremely inspirational. Furthermore, Kent State's dynamic campus community and diversified student body create an enriching atmosphere that promotes cultural understanding and personal development.

What do you like most about living in/near Kent? Do you have a favorite local spot or activity?

I really like the Kent campus and the variety of amenities it provides to students. My favorite go to place has to be the library, not only because it has Starbucks :) but it is a great place to just connect with new people and learn together.

What is your favorite KSU memory?

I think the best memories so far at KSU will be the time I spent with my friends exploring the surrounding areas and attending tons of events on campus!

What are some differences you've noticed in being a graduate student (expectations, pressures, visibility, etc.) than those of an undergraduate student?

Academic performance, research ability, critical thinking, and independent work are often expected to be higher in graduate degrees. Graduate students are expected to go further into their chosen topic of study and to offer unique research or scholarly work. Graduate students have more autonomy and are expected to take more responsibility for their own learning than undergraduate students. They can develop their own research projects, select courses that are relevant to their research interests, and manage their time wisely. Graduate programs, in contrast to undergraduate programs, focus on specialized knowledge and skill development in a certain discipline. The emphasis changes from educating students for careers in academics to professions in research, industry, or professional practice.

What advice do you have for incoming graduate students?

Celebrate your accomplishments along the journey, whether it's finishing a difficult course, publishing a paper, or speaking at a conference. Recognize your accomplishments and be proud of the progress you've made during your graduate studies. Graduate school may be difficult, and setbacks are unavoidable. Accept these difficulties as chances for growth and learning. Develop close ties with your teachers, advisors, and fellow graduate students. They can provide valuable advice, mentoring, and support. Working with peers and networking within your field can potentially lead to future research opportunities or professional contacts. Lastly, HAVE FUN!!! EXPLORE! These moments will not return.

Fun Fact About Me:

I am an impromptu trip planner. I feel the trips where you do not make a plan turn out to be the most memorable!

POSTED: Monday, July 17, 2023 09:04 AM
Updated: Monday, July 17, 2023 09:26 AM