Going to graduate school is fun! Below is my proof: And you not only do these for free, you actually get paid for doing all these! Can you find a better deal?
To have a successful academic career: 1. know how to do good research, of course 2. know how to write good grant proposals! I claim this is even more important than pt 1 in some sense. p.s. actually I think those two are highly positively correlated.

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