Grad School Life: A great article by The Guardian

What’s life like for a postgrad student?

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/nov/09/whats-life-like-for-a-postgrad-student

Some hints from the article:

“Postgraduate wellbeing: To-do list

  • Try to contact prospective postgraduates through social media, and take part in orientation trips around the city and university.
  • Freshers’ week, clubs and societies are there if you want them. Graduate centres lay on socials and events too.
  • Take advantage of courses in study and research skills laid on by the university.
  • Look after yourself. When you are busy, healthy eating can go out of the window.
  • Be as social as you can afford. Unless you set aside time, study will overtake your days.
  • While it doesn’t earn money, volunteering can keep your CV ticking over and help structure your week. “Anything as long as it takes you outside the academic bubble,” says one postgraduate.
  • Stay organised, keep time and “panic” early to get on top of work. Assignments might come thick and fast after the first week. If you’re unsure, ask for help – bother professors, tutors or pastoral-care professionals.
  • Sport or physical activity is a great stress buster.
  • Try to avoid flat sharing with undergraduates, who might have different schedules and agendas.”

I’d also add to streamline social media so you are keeping in touch personally and professionally without being distracted by cat videos.  Follow your college, department, program, and graduate school on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for great articles, news, and support.

Be deliberate about spending your time.  Just like Dave Ramsey assigns an item to every dollar, assign an activity to every hour or half hour.  However, don’t lose sight of the big picture.  Try make sure you are focusing on the big goals as well as the little to-dos.  But also…

Frontload your assignments and work.  Research early, draft early, get as much done as you can.  You never know when you are going to get sick, have an emergency, or (even better) an opportunity to have some fun.  Put yourself in the best place to stay on track for interruptions – good and bad.

Get organized – especially electronically.  I really struggle with this.  I have three different final projects and files saved in six places for each project.  Find what works for you and stick with it.

As my soul guru Danielle LaPorte reminds me almost daily:  “BALANCE IS A MYTH.”  Bishop Jakes also addressed this at the 2016 Global Leadership Summit – juggle – try to touch everything once.  Sometimes you’ll be able to spend more time on something that you neglect for a bit. 

Keep the big picture in mind.  Have a vision of what you want to study and your ideal job post-grad grad.  Remember, grad school is a means to an end and won’t last forever.

–Back to work, and to finals.

 

 

 

 

 

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