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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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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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A Short Guide to Living a More Efficient Life

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How do I manage a more efficient work life? How do I navigate through competing priorities? How do I maintain my sleep while also accomplishing my goals? These are some of the many questions I am often asked. Personally, I

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On Five for Focus

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As a graduate student, you’ll often be confronted with mentally challenging tasks. Your thesis, for example, demands you to write about difficult concepts, understand dense research articles, and analyze unruly data. Here are five strategies to help you focus so

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The Bermuda Triangle of productivity; stress, motivation, and time management;

In this subtle metaphor, the plane is your productivity.

Reflections on February I have two conflicting goals around this time. Goal one: get through a pile of work. Goal two: Since February is (typically) cold, I want to wrap up in my bed like a little cinnamon bun and

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Pieces, Pieces, Pieces of me

The title of this blog is not only a catchy Ashlee Simpson song (remember her??!), it is also a phrase that applies in too many ways to life as a graduate student, particularly when it comes to time and project

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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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Planning for the summer (with the dust kicked off for 2016)

For our long time readers, some of you may remember the ever clever Atif, who blogged as part of the Gradifying team for several years and is now a real life, working member of the big bad world. Go Atif

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