Miserable grad school experience
Graduate Student (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – January 10, 2017
Not the only one at all who felt this way. Right before I left the GA University Board and the Grad Student Assoc. both issued scathing reviews of the way grad students were treated there. Of course some people had great advisors and experiences but my experience there was 8 years of misery, and about a third to half the grad students I knew there had the same experience. My department - Physics - was just blasted in those reports, even though they acknowledged it was far from the worst.
In my case, my advisor would not let me graduate. The dept. and my committee all agreed that I was ready to (and had been for a year or two), but he would not let me do it. The chair finally stepped in and forced him to let me go.
Fortunately I have heard since then that changes are being made. I can't speak for what things are like now, but if you go to grad school there you had better make very sure you get a good advisor.
Good student insurance at a decent price
Virtually no institutional protections for grad students, other students and activities receive priority.