The Book

Published as an ebook in 2014, Confessions of a Grad School Dropout is a collection of the tales of graduate students, such as myself, with advice from experts, researchers, and professors alike for the past, current, or future graduate student - to prepare, inform, and comfort.

At any one time, there are approximately 2.3 million students enrolled in graduate school. Over time, education becomes more important to future careers. As vital as advanced education may be, graduate school is a difficult experience for all and impossible for some, while little is known about the hidden, sometimes taboo, experiences prevalent. Students attend graduate school clueless and overconfident and as many as 50% will never finish. Confessions of a Grad School Dropout is not a set of objective statements about what graduate school entails. Instead, it is a description of common sets of experiences regarding graduate school, including why students leave, given from an insider's perspective. It allows understanding in all people of the break-down that often leads up to and follows the decision to leave. Not only for students, the author describes the decision-making process in every aspect of life and how it can change one's life forever.

-"An honest and too often unspoken account of one grad student's journey not only into and out of grad school but in finding herself. Not only for the student, but pertinent to anyone who has once, or should, change paths" Charles Pascal, PhD, author of Too Far From Perfect

-“Confessions of a Grad School Dropout is a candid account of Brittany Stahnke Couturier’s journey through academia. Her examples not only of her own experience but of others, sometimes tragic, are a strongly recommended read for anyone considering a graduate program. She addresses the journey in such a way that the reader is guided through a very realistic decision-making process.” M.C.V. Egan, author of The Bridge of Deaths

-"This book is for anyone who wants to live an authentic life." Elizabeth Vrato, author of The Counselors

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