As I mentioned in my New Year's post, we hope to launch several new series here at the Cocoon in 2017. The first series, our Grad School Survival Guide, has already begun, and I hope you agree that it is off to a great start! That series, once again, aims to provide new and continuing philosophy grad students with information and advice to flourish in their programs. But, of course, advice on flourishing is at most half of the story. In my experience, for one reason or another many graduate students end up struggling or running into unexpected roadblocks nonetheless. I sure did. Although grad school started splendidly for me, as time went on I had trouble publishing and coming up with a viable dissertation topic, lost my confidence, got sidetracked by hobbies, and came close to never finishing my degree. And I've known more than a few other grad students--at many different programs--who ran into similar or worse difficulties.