How much adjustment is there between undergraduate and graduate?

Sarah DeRose, Class of 2006
The adjustment wasn't that big of a deal. I think you definitely put more time into studying during your graduate career. Everything is applicable so knowing it well is important. If you are interested in the subject then it's not as difficult to make time to study. In undergrad, sometime classes feel like a waste of time. It's not like that in graduate school--you actually like learning. It also helps to get as many HS classes done in your undergrad so you can focus on the PAS courses.

Matthew Kenny, Class of 2006
The first semester is a "honeymoon" semester. There are some large changes, especially in the PAS courses, but overall it is like a stepwise progression from your undergraduate, not too far beyond what one might expect.

Regina Kline, Class of 2005
Significant. Study habits change. If you are the kind of student that things just "come easy to you"... this program will make you work and study hard. Also, there is less time available to work, even if just part-time, so finances need to be thought about.

Becky Eversdyk, Class of 2004
I don't feel that there was a big adjustment coming from GVSU as an undergraduate & entering the PA program. I can't really speak for others who attended undergrad somewhere else. I think GVSU and the pre-req classes help prepare you for PA school here.

Steven Heckel, Class of 2004
There is really no adjustment from undergraduate work to graduate work . The only change is the workload which increases. Time management is extremely important, but not to forget yourself in the process. If you did not learn time management as an undergrad., you will real fast as a graduate.

Kurt VanderVeen, Class of 2004
The adjustment btwn undergrad a grad isn't too bad. There is more info but you are pretty used to a lot of studying so it really isn't that different. I like Graduate school better because you know everyone in your class and everyone helps each other out. It's not a competition anymore–you want everyone to succeed. The professors are great–everyone wants you to learn and they help you out however they can.

Catherine Hallenbeck, Class of 2003
Academically, not much because the first semester kind of eased us into it. The biggest difference is that it really is up to you to take responsibility to learn as much as you can. I say this because you can still, just like in undergrad, get A's on tests without truly retaining a whole lot. However, from a practical standpoint, you need to know more information than just what you're tested on.

Kelly Schweiger, Class of 2003
The only adjustments I made were not stressing out over tests like I did when I was an undergraduate and I study more in groups as compared to when I studied for tests as an undergraduate. I use my classmates and their experiences to better understand material. My classmates are great resources.

Judy Herbolsheimer, Class of 2002
For me it was a pretty smooth transition between undergrad and graduate. I knew it was just gonna keep getting harder, and it does. You have to be prepared to put in graduate level work and BE FLEXIBLE!!!!!

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