For many, the academic year is just beginning. In addition to the undergrads flooding campuses, there is a new cohort of grad students making their way into the labs of many universities. Like their undergraduate counterparts, there is huge variability in the level of preparation of these students. Some will know exactly what they are getting into and others expect undergrad 2.0.
I'm curious, on this day of rest for many, what my readers see as the most common beginning grad student misconceptions. For you grad students, what were the things that surprised you in your first week as a grad student? For Postdocs and PIs, what is the thing that you have to often disabuse your new students of?