Starting a full-time graduate program at a new school can be a bumpy process. Fourth-year doctoral student Doreen Chan understands the challenges well.
“For me, transitioning to graduate school was very overwhelming, and often not in the most obvious ways,” Chan said. Although she knew she had to select courses, find an adviser and make new friends, figuring out how to go about all of that was challenging. But Chan said that getting an early start on her graduate experience and being willing and ready to try new things helped her adjust to a new place.
“The resources are there, you just have to use them,” she said.
Enter New Graduate Student Orientation, or NGSO, Stanford’s week-long series of events for new grad students. The annual program – organized by the Graduate Life Office – aims to orient new grad students and ease their transition to Stanford. Organizers say the program has three main objectives for students.