Yeah who says no social life?....there are way too many married grad students around these parts, ok they married each other but still
....even a lot of our faculty are married to each other, you just dont realize it coz the women very rarely take their husbands' last names, in fact it's highly discouraged.
I'm now coming to an end, but my experience has been awesome, mainly due to the kind of relationship I have with my advisor. I hate being micromanaged and she hates micromanaging, so she's let me be truly independent. Some of my friends have had it rough with their advisors, going as far as hostile work environment complaints filed with the univ police, department chairs being called in by the deans etc.
So my 3 pieces of advice I'll give any new grad student:
1. I'm not sure how Clin Pysch works in terms of a mentor but if your work is thesis based, choose your advisor very very carefully. Talk to former students, current students, etc. This person will be effectively in charge of your career for the next few years, outside your spouse/SO, this person is running your life. Their work ethic, what they expect from their students etc. Know all that. Also at the end, your advisor is going to help you find a job, so that relationship is very important way beyond grad sch.
2. Surround yourself with like-minded people i.e. study habits etc. I went to grad sch many years after undergrad so i couldn't be out in the bars on a Wednesday night with 25yr olds. Know what you went to do there and get to work.
3. If you are in a PWI/department, be ready for the racial bullshat that comes along. Very early on, my advisor sat me down and told me point blank that there were many people who didnt think black people belonged there so i would have to work twice as hard to prove im half as good. And a lot of the bullshat white kids get away with, i would be slayed for and nailed to the wall. I thought she was full of sh*t, but yap, true enough, that plays out everyday.