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    Advice for Incoming First Year?

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    This website and its people has been so helpful during the admissions process. As I am just months before starting my PhD, is there any advice or tips that I should know in preparing for my study in the first year (passing prelims, etc)?

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    Re: Advice for Incoming First Year?

    There are tons of threads on this. Here's how it plays out...

    Advice from those not in PhD programs yet: Read first 7 chapters of MWG and do the problem sets. Get through all of baby Rudin and brush up on Matrix Algebra.
    Advice from senior students and faculty: Relax, read as much as you can, and think about research topics.

    Your call.

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    Re: Advice for Incoming First Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by tm_member View Post
    There are tons of threads on this. Here's how it plays out...

    Advice from those not in PhD programs yet: Read first 7 chapters of MWG and do the problem sets. Get through all of baby Rudin and brush up on Matrix Algebra.
    Advice from senior students and faculty: Relax, read as much as you can, and think about research topics.

    Your call.
    Hey, I take offense to that I'm not in a program yet and I have recommended taking it easy!

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    Re: Advice for Incoming First Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by kazooie View Post
    Hey, I take offense to that I'm not in a program yet and I have recommended taking it easy!
    My snarky comment wouldn't have worked if I didn't exaggerate the stereotypes :-)

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    Re: Advice for Incoming First Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by kazooie View Post
    Hey, I take offense to that I'm not in a program yet and I have recommended taking it easy!
    Same recommendation .

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