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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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On Feeling Overwhelmed

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As graduate students, you have to prepare for your courses, work on your research, and fulfill your teaching responsibilities. You may also need to spend time with your spouse/partner, children, family members, and friends. What about regular, daily household chores

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A Short Guide to Promoting Your Research

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I don’t need to convince you that research is at the heart of most graduate school programs. Not only for thesis-based programs, research is also an essential aspect of professional-degree programs in the form of research papers as course assignments.

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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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Steps to Expanding Your Personal Comfort Zone

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I cannot say how many times I have encountered a situation that challenges my comfort zone. By comfort zone, I refer to a set of skills, knowledge, and experiences that I feel comfortable in engaging in or performing. I cannot

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On my favorite books from 2017

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I try to squeeze in time to read books outside of my research area. I read more non-fiction books nowadays, especially those in the self-help and academic writing genre. Here I’m sharing 8 books from my 2017 reading list. These

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On The Weekend Effect

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When was the last time you took a full weekend off? And when was the last time you took a full weekend off without feeling guilty? As graduate students, it is difficult to set boundaries to our work hours. We

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