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Negotiate 7 Graduate School Pitfalls

Know how to respond in these common grad school situations, a former admissions dean says.

Graduate students should take action if they face stress or academic problems.

Graduate students should take action if they face stress or academic problems.

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On the other hand, if you feel the situation is such that you believe speaking to an instructor directly would only worsen it, consult with an academic adviser or someone on campus, such as a student advocate or ombudsperson. 

Dr. Don Martin, Ph.D., is a higher education admissions expert, author, and former admissions dean at Columbia University, Northwestern University, Wheaton College, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business. To learn more about graduate admissions, visit gradschoolroadmap.com.