Well, I've been researching about things that I would need to know and what not to pass required exams. My question is... What do you wish you knew before going into it? I've been looking around, and it seems to be a good idea to (if possible) to decide your area as early as possible. This will allow you to study along and be well prepared for your oral examination. Note: Being well prepared does not imply guaranteed passing grade though. It's probably a little too early for me to think about this, but I don't think it's a bad idea either. Note: I'm ending my second year in April. Yeah, it's a bit early I guess, but I want to be in Graduate School as soon as I graduate.