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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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Can You “Drift” Your Way into Graduate School? Oh Yes.

May 20th, 2016

Episode 273 of 399 episodes

From time to time, I write about “drift.” Drift is the decision you make by not deciding, or by making a decision that unleashes consequences for which you don’t take responsibility. You want to dodge a fight with the people around you, or you want to please them, or you want to avoid a struggle with self-doubt or uncertainty. In my case, I drifted into law school. If you want to hear me talk about drift, and tell my law-school story, you can watch it here. You can also take the popular quiz, Are You Drifting? Because I think drift is so important, I made a vow to myself that I’d raise the issue anytime I spoke to students — high school, undergraduate, or graduate. And the issue always strikes a chord. For instance, each year I speak to a group of first-year medical students, and it turns out that medical students can be subject to drift. Initially, this surprised me, because I thought, “Medical school is so hard, and so specific, and takes so much time and money. No one would drift into med school.” But no! It happens. People think, “My mother and father are both doctors, so I ... The post Can You “Drift” Your Way into Graduate School? Oh Yes. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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