ABSTRACT: First of all, welcome to academia! You’re joining a bunch of awesome, brilliant folks and grad school provides fantastic opportunities to develop your professional skills, connect with other smart and passionate scholars, and build a multifaceted career that fits your strengths and vision both within and beyond the academy. That said, many of our clients at Ideas on Fire tell us that the first semester of grad school is the hardest. Whether fresh out of an undergraduate or master’s program, or returning to academia after a break, you’re about to embark on a long, challenging marathon. We want to help make it easier.