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On the Art of Procrastination

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pro·cras·ti·na·tion /prəˌkrastəˈnāSH(ə)n/ When one voluntarily delays from performing tasks despite believing that he/she to be worse off for doing so – Piers Steel in The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done Procrastination. The bane

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Starting off with a Bang: Suggestions for Beginning New Semesters

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Like me, do you experience a dramatic increase in stress regarding the number of assignments, courses, projects, and activities of a new semester? Do you find it difficult at the beginning of each new semester to adjust to the environment,

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Where do I start? Strategies for writing effectively

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Reading and writing are key components of life, curiosity, inquiry, and learning. Writing, in particular, is an important skill that is at the foundation of graduate student learning and professional life. However, writing is not easy; it is a lifelong

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Tackling the Decision Monster: A Welcome to Fellow New Grads

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(this post was written by Grace Billing, another new Gradifying Blogger – check out her profile) You’ve wavered, finally applied, and, at last, have accepted your offer to the graduate program. Or, maybe you’ve always known which graduate program or

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Overcoming the Challenges with Distance Learning

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Like me, many of you may be distance learning students; you are simultaneously working full-time and trying to complete a graduate degree that expands your knowledge and skills. Some of you may be on this educational journey to expand what

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Make or Break? The Impact of Student-Supervisor Relationships on Graduate Learning

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Figure 1: A word cloud with the topics related to the student-supervisor relationship. The most visible terms are supervisor, student, discussion, and learning. (Majid, 2017b) “’Mentoring is best when it is free of pressure, and when it feels reciprocal’ (Cullingford,

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Summer Loving, happened so fast

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Summer. Full of so much potential and free spots to work in coffee shops. The summer can be where the magic happens or it can be wasted time. Spring to the rescue! I am convinced that the spring semester does

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Waging a war on FINE

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I came to a startling and dark realization during a recent conversation with a friend whose schedule was the most jam packed of any person I knew. I asked her how she was doing. She was listing the unfathomable amount

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Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, it’s off to work we go!

Whether you are close to departing the academic womb or not, thinking about your future job is important at any stage. One of the questions from Chengcheng’s post that got me thinking was “What does your dream job look like? How

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So you want to be an Epidemiologist…

Last week, my Gradifying co-author Amanda highlighted how her degree is structured. Today, I’ll be talking about the degrees offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. There are six factors that differentiate programs: the degree structure, courses, comps, research

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