Confessions of a Grad School Dropout
Confessions of a Grad School Dropout
The Hidden Truth of Graduate Study, the Toll it Takes, and How It Changed One PhD Student’s Life Forever
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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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Brittany Stahnke Couturier is a Master of Social Work student at Florida Atlantic University, with a focus in Child Welfare, a graduate of the 2015 class. She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, a Bachelor of Arts in English, a minor in sociology, and a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, all earned from Florida Atlantic University Magna Cum Laude. Her social work placements include working in adoptions and hospice care. She has published prose in Eternal Heartland and Surrender to the Moon. She runs Hub of the Grad School Dropouts, a blog dedicated to providing support to fellow students. Brittany is an avid reader and traveler. She lives in Palm Beach County, Florida with her husband, Ronn, and her cat, Yoda.
Great writing!
An eye opening account of grad school.
A must read for current and future grad students! And parents!
I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about going to grad-school. It is an intimate view of the pit falls one goes through. Especially when you realize that it is not what you wanted to begin with.
June Ciambrone 
I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of attending, and especially dropping out of, a research-based grad program.
Yvan Ung 
What a refreshingly honest insight to a hard choice in life.. the author shows that expectations of going to grad school and the harsh requirements of a higher education are not always the right choice for some, and that leaving it all behind for the greater good is ok!! Love the brutal honesty!

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