Milestones form a scaffold throughout the graduate program. Each year, you will complete a milestone to ensure you are making adequate progress towards mastery of the discipline of chemistry. Technically, rotations are your first year milestone and the dissertation is the final milestone. Milestones can be intimidating. It is normal for scholars to feel some anxiety or uncertainty as these markers occur. Discussing milestones with your cohort as well as advanced peers can be a helpful way of preparing, especially when you work with scholars from other disciplines of chemistry. If a milestone begins to feel like an insurmountable obstacle, reaching out to a member of the graduate admin team sooner rather than later to clarify your path can be of help.