Getting an Advisor
As you finalize your decision on what specialty you want to pursue, it comes time to choose an advisor. People differ on who they feel is the best person to fill that role, but it is agreed by many that the best advisor is one who knows you relatively well and one with whom you will feel comfortable with complete honesty. It does not matter if your advisor is the chairman of the department or an assistant professor; you just need someone who you feel is capable of giving you excellent advice about the process. Hopefully, you have a variety of unofficial advisors to give you a balanced perspective, but one of these people will need to be your official advisor. You may ask the students a year ahead of you whom they found helpful.